Well, the season for the Chicago Blackhawks ended by no one’s surprise losing the series 4-1 to possibly the best team in the league the Detroit Red Wings. While it looks like the Red Wings took it to this team, the series was closer than it showed.
I can’t sit here and say that I expected the Blackhawks to win the series. However, I did think they would take it at least six or seven games making it very close. I think Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet are two players to be looked at very closely in reflecting on this series.
If Nikolai Khabibulin could have just stayed healthy one last time instead of injuring his groin for about the third time this season, this team still may be playing. We will never know. Cristobal Huet sucked pretty much all season. He was put in net for game four and he showed why this team needed Khabibulin. In game five, he pulled a miracle out of his ass and saved about 45 shots. I think everyone can admit they were shocked. It wasn’t enough however.
Brian Campbell. He was awful all series long. And he wasn’t the only one. A few players lost the puck off the stick and Detroit scored goals right off of those turnovers. For other players such as Ben Eager in particular game four, it was just embarassing seeing him and other players just start fights after every stoppage of play. It doesn’t get your teammates fired up. It doesn’t do anything to make your team better.
The Blackhawks will be very good next season. They can certaintley get back to the conference finals. The only way I see the Blackhawks getting past the Red Wings for next year is to sign or make a big trade or the Red Wings just get old and slow. Khabibulin will be missed. I wish he could come back. Unfortunately, there is a shitty goalie signed for a few more years in Huet that has pretty much took his spot. I would like to see Corey Crawford get a shot.
So in a nutshell, it was fun following the Blackhawks all season. It did not end the way I wanted it though and I do not think anyone else feels differently. I went to my first hockey game this year. It was nice seeing more than 41 games on TV. I was a fan of this team and hockey since playing NHL ’95 on Sega Genesis constantly. I was nine at the time. Roenick/Chelios/The Suters/Amonte/Belfour. You couldn’t stop that line. I still love that game.
I was a fan when Eric Daze was suppose to be the next best thing. I was a fan when Trent Yawney was the fucking coach. I remember listening to a game at work when the Blackhawks blew another lead for about the third straight game in 2006 and Yawney went off in a press conference. I think he got fired a few days later. Oh well. The times are much better now.
Til next time.