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Watching The Playoffs Without The Chicago Blackhawks: Random Thoughts

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks teammates line up to shake hands after St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks teammates line up to shake hands after St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 1, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) and right wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) and San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward (42) fight for the puck in front of the goal in the second period in game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) and right wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) and San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward (42) fight for the puck in front of the goal in the second period in game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

And how about the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators?  I know; it might be hard for most of you to be following this series.  Lots of late games (I already got up on my soap box, so I’ll just leave this here).  Anyway, no one expected the Preds to get past the Anaheim Ducks.  But they did (in seven games), and then they hung in there against the Sharks to tie the series at 2-2.  How about that triple overtime game last Thursday?!  But on Sunday, the Sharks pretty much dominated with a 5-1 win.  I would be very surprised if the Sharks don’t win this series.

We had our first elimination of the second round this Sunday.  The Lightning shut out the Islanders 4-0, to win the series 4-1.  New York managed to win Game 1 on the road, but then lost the next game and had two more heart-breaking losses in overtime.  By Sunday they were pretty much broken.  It was an embarrassing loss.  And then there were 7.

But the matchup that is of the most intrigue to Chicago Blackhawks fans is the Stars versus the Blues.  Since the Hawks and the Blues series went to seven games, it could very easily be the Hawks playing the Stars instead right now.  Some people really want the Stars to win, to show up those nasty Blues who knocked their favorite team out.  Others might be rooting for the Blues.  After all, if the Blues win, it just goes to show how good St. Louis really is this year.

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Well, things started out pretty evenly.   Game 1 was really close, and Games 2 and 4 went to OT.  But the matchup last Tuesday was quite the blowout, with the Blues winning 6-1.  Flipping Brouwer!  And Alexander Steen.  And Vladimir Tarasenko.  And David Backes.  My meathead hockey co-worker put it best with his comment, “The Blues are really starting to irritate me”.

St. Louis pulled out the win on Saturday by a score of 4-1.  They currently have a 3-2 lead in the series, with the next game at home.  The Stars better figure something out real quick, or they’re goners.

Just remember people; the Chicago Blackhawks never looked as bad against the Blues as the Stars have.  As a matter of fact, the only blowout win in that series was the 6-3 win the Hawks had over the Blues.  I know; I’m in denial again, but I’m just saying.

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Within the next week, this year’s playoff battle will be down to four teams.  Who will they be?  And as a Chicago Blackhawks fan, will you be able to root for any of them?  As much as I would love to be watching our favorite team right now, I can guarantee that there’s still some great hockey to be watched.  It’s just not anywhere near as much fun.

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