I don’t always blog about hockey, because I don’t feel I can intelligently speak on it, and thus represent it with its proper due, so I won’t be doing a game recap, but this one comes from a purely fan perspective. And as a fan of the Blackhawks, and a fan of the game of hockey I must say that this series was one of the best I have witnessed. The fact that there were two evenly matched opponents of the highest caliber batting toe to toe with incredible intensity, and competitiveness is what made it so. Even in the two games with lopsided scores against the Hawks were closer than the scores indicated. I feel these were the two best teams in hockey going at it and thus this was the Championship series, and the Stanley Cup is just a showcase for the L.A. Kings to prove that fact against the New York Rangers.
Another thing that stands out, and makes this more of a heartbreak loss for Hawk fans, is the randomness of the goals scored. Sure the Hawks had some bounce their way, but nowhere near the same way that happened to them. Pucks bouncing off players and up and over the goalie like the game winner, and a great play by Michal Handzus to block a shot from getting through to the net ends up deflecting right to a Kings player for an open net, or a puck bouncing puck in the air only to have a King swat it in baseball style supposedly under the height of the crossbar, and into the net, and another where Crawford makes a brilliant save only to bounce right to a King to deposit into the back of the net. Just dumb luck, and the magic of hockey right? Well I would argue if the hawks did a better job clearing the crease those bounces and deflection would’ve been harmlessly just that, and not turned into goals.
Another thing I have to address is the Hawks need to bash Corey Crawford all the time. I read a lot of social media crap last night talking about how bad Crawford was last night. I’m not sure what they’ve been watching. No goalie can save pucks that had that type of random nature to them. Again if anything I put that on the players in front of him. Which brings me to how the hawks may be changing a bit.
I head some talk last night from Jay Zawaski on the score that it may be a good idea for the hawks to make some trades to maybe mix up the profile of their defense-men a bit. Hawks have one certain type of player there. All, but Brent Seabrook are puck moving fast skating defense-men. Hawks need to add some physical presence to their blue liners. Seabrook is the only big physical type, and even he’s starting to look like he’s on the down-side f his career. They can also use a second line center. How many years have Blackhawk fans heard that one?
I know the lost was heartbreaking and in ma y ways the Hawks should’ve won that game, but the Kings are a very good team themselves. Also one with a cup under their belt. Credit has to be given to them as well. They will likely take the Cup as they are clearly the better team. So now we wait and see what moves the hawks make next. Probably the biggest move they will make are the one’s to the players already on their team Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews. The hawks will be able to sign them first of July. That is the first significant day for hawks fans to circle on their calenders.