A final say on the Blackhawks season.

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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.

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3 Responses to “A final say on the Blackhawks season.”

  1. Nemo Says:

    This was a really nice season and the Hawks did as much as could reasonably be expected. I was hoping for 2 wins against the wings, but it was not to be.

    There has been much talk comparing this Hawk team to the young Bulls of the late 80’s early 90’s that improved and matured to knock off the Pistons and become a dynasty. THAT would be amazing if the Hawks could do that. However, it is not realistic and it is also possible that the Hawks could more accurately compared with the Bulls team that ousted defending champion Miami in the playoffs, only to tank the next season. It is too early to tell. However, I like the GM, the coach, and the OWNER (how strange is that to hear from ANY Chicago sports fan?). They all have this organization going in the right direction, and I look forward to the future.

    It is sad that there seems little interest in the Hawks here-when the previous Hawks thread turned into a reminiscence on professional wrestling, it made me gag. I hope the interest is greater next season.

  2. Sandberg23 Says:

    Nemo and Fro. For you guys being hockey fans, these next few years I’m sure will be very exciting for you and all the hawks fans. However Chicago is and always will be a Bears and Cubs town. When the Bulls won they’re 6 championships, they still couldn’t take over the town from them two teams. If I could get into hockey you’re damn right I would be a hawks fan but I’m just not that into hockey and I’m not gonna pretend like I am either. However I am a little jealous of you hawks fans cause at least you have a something to be optimistic about in the coming years and you won’t have to worry about dwelling on the cubs and they’re shortcomings as much.

  3. ksmc2000 Says:

    I was a huge Hawks fan during the days of Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, and the rest. Keith Magnuson was one of my favorite players. He took shit from nobody and usually led the league in penalty minutes. It’s good to see the new era of Blackhawks players and management get the older guys invloved in the team again. Great PR move on John McDonough’s part. He also got them back on TV to give them more exposure to the fanbase. I’m looking forward to many seasons of exciting hockey from this team. They are not that far away from competing with the Red Wings for Western Conference dominance.

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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