Well that sucked.

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After the 2nd period Friday night in game 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, lady Fro said the series was over for the Chicago Blackhawks. I told her let’s see how the 3rd period goes before I make my decision. This is why is I should listen to her more. The Blackhawks ended up losing. Even though I declared the series over after game 2, a little part of me said there still could be a chance. Oops.

The Canucks are a better team. I am aware of that. In the NHL however, the best team doesn’t always win. That’s why I thought the Blackhawks had a chance. I guess not. By the way, Rafi Torres is a piece of shit. He is just as much of a douche as Todd Bertuzzi. I thought back in 2004 when Bertuzzi decided to smash another player’s head into the ice, that he should have been banned from the NHL forever. Rafi Torres should be suspended for a very long time for his elbow on Brent Seabrook Sunday night.

I am pissed about this but not as much as I would be had the Blackhawks not won the Cup last year. I still thank God for that awesome two months that we had as fans. Every logical fan should have seen this coming though for this season. Dealing with massive salary-cap issues, they had to have an average team just to get under the limit. This team, as bad as it is, is still loaded with talent. The supporting cast however is what’s awful. Players like Viktor Stalberg and Fernando Pisani aren’t as good as Kris Versteeg and John Madden. In fact, Stalberg and Pisani suck really bad and John Scott has no business seeing a hockey rink. Next season, Stan Bowman will have more options to field a better team with certain contracts ending and the salary-cap possibly being higher.

All of the luck and breaks that were going the Blackhawks’ way last year obviously aren’t happening this year. They have dealt with major injuries all throughout the year. When it came to the start of the playoffs, they lost Kopecky and Bickell to injuries and Dave Bolland still hasn’t played since his concussion last month. Kopecky isn’t my favorite but he’s better than Scott. They were lucky in the playoffs last year to have their whole team play healthy and well. For that, I am thankful.

For this season, there is one game remaining. If the Blackhawks have any balls whatsoever, they will attempt to do what only two NHL teams have done in history: Win a series after being down 3-0. If the Blackhawks want to be in another one of those “History Will Be Made” commercials, they will have to make history.

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25 Responses to “Well that sucked.”

  1. erniesarmy Says:

    Fro —

    I wonder of “Lady Fro” could give me a prediction on my Ducks vs. Predators series?

    Like you, I think Nashville is just better. But, like you, I am hoping they can turn it around.

    Anyway, you are right the championship you guys won last year was legit, and no one can ever take that away. It’s just too bad it has to end so soon.

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Erniesarmy,

    She didn’t give a prediction on that series but I think we both agreed that the Predators are an annoying bunch. We found that out last year in the playoffs. The Predators don’t have any household names but they are still pretty good. They just would not go away. I think that’s what frustrates other teams and their fans. The Blackhawks with all the luck they had, were extremely lucky against Nashville. When they were finally eliminated, all of us were more than relieved that we wouldn’t have to face against players like Martin Erat or Joel Ward.

    For your team, I don’t hate the Ducks but I do think Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are good but douches. Even though the Ducks are good, I think the Predators will beat them.

  3. MadCityMac Says:

    Finally, the REAL Roberto Luongo rears his ugly head! I know the Blackhawks are still down 3-1, but now that I’m sure Luongo’s confidence is shattered, anything is possible!

  4. Vic Says:

    Because the Blackhawks are the cleanest team in the NHL – no cheap shots what so ever on their run to the cup last year, right?

  5. Fro Dog Says:

    Vic,

    That hit was on Kesler in 2009 and not in their cup run. If you noticed the video, Havlat was seen skating by. Don’t forget Kesler being a jerk earlier in that series with Keith.

    You’re wrong on that argument.

  6. Vic Says:

    ^ Ok so it was in ’09, but it was still a cheap shot by a Blackhawk player because one of his opponents was being a “Jerk” – what exactly did Kesler do? Call him a name?

    Are you saying the hit by Ladd on Kesler was clean? Really? Watch the video again – Ladd leaves his feet, sticks out his elbow and nails Kesler right in the chops. At least Torres had his elbow down when he hit Seabrook. If Seabrook had his head up there would have been no contact with the head – yes, it’s Bren’t fault he got hurt.

    You can talk all you want about other teams, but be sure to fess up when one of your own players does the dirty work…I’ll say this much – the hit by Torres on Seabrook = clean, the hit by Torres on Eberle (EDM) in the 2nd to last game of the season = dirty.

  7. Fro Dog Says:

    Vic,

    Torres left his feet on Seabrook hit. Ladd hit Kesler in the face and not the head. I will admit some of our players did some stupid shit. One example would be Hossa’s boarding call against the Predators in last year’s playoff game.

    I am going to guess you are a Canucks fan which is fine. I’ll put last year as an example. The Blackhawks kick the shit out of them and what do they do? Assholes like Burrows and Kesler try to play dirty. I cannot count how many fights they tried to make against the Blackhawks. By the way, in 2009, Keith and Burrows were in a fight in that series in which Burrows decided to pull Keith’s hair like a pussy.

    I respect your opinion but we will agree to disagree.

  8. Vic Says:

    Yes, I am a Canucks fan, what gave it away 😉

    I seem to recall a few of the Hawks over the past two seasons, taking liberties on our goaltender. You know it’s fine to be a fan of your team, but it’s another thing to think your team never does anying wrong on the ice. From everything I’ve seen of the Torres hit on Seabrook, he never left his feet (here’s a good video of both hits).

    Also, perhaps it wasn’t the hit by Torres that did Seabrook in, I don’t see anywhere in your post a mention of this hit which happened on the final day of the regular seaon (which is most likey the reason Seabrook got hurt after Torres’s hit)

    Also, the last time I checked, a person’s face is on their head, it might be hard for a Hawks fan to know this since most of their heads are up their asses…

  9. Yeti Says:

    I can only imagine how stunned this site’s readers are that videos can be embedded into posts

  10. Fro Dog Says:

    Yeti,

    Why would we be stunned? Oh. I get it now. You are so clever!

    Vic,

    The only liberties the Blackhawks took on Luongo was maybe brushing some ice into his face. We did take other liberties on him by scoring at will on leading to him shitting himself. Those were some fun times. This year, your team finally got over the hump so I’ll give you that. On the hits, I meant to say to the skull and not the face. But it’s cool. I don’t think any of us on this site claimed that our team has never done anything wrong the ice. Every team has players that do that. The difference was Torres just getting off a suspension and having yet another controversial incident.

  11. Vic Says:

    It was more than just brushing ice on his face, but whatever, I’ll let it go now –

    Just happy to have the Canucks home tomorrow – should be a fun game to watch (and you’re managment team doesn’t have to worry, us Canuck fans have enough class not to trash talk them during the game)

    🙂

  12. Jimmy D. Says:

    Vic,

    C’mon. Watch the clip again of Torres taking Seabrook out. Torres doesn’t go “ass over tea kettle” if it’s a clean shoulder to shoulder hit. Instead, he’s “head hunting” and it’s evident as the momentum of the hit takes him off his feet. Look, hockey is hockey; it’s not a “gentleman’s game”. That said, there’s mutual respect for each other out there and there are plenty of times when a player will get pissed off, or their nose will get twisted out of joint over something and they’ll break the rules; you see it on every team and pretty much in every game. What I don’t have any tolerance for is the malicious stuff that goes on and that’s what the Torres hit on Seabrook was, mailicious. Torres just came off of suspension and something like that shouldn’t even roll around in his noggin…period. Best of luck tonight, I hope it’s a fun game to watch.

    Later,
    Jimmy D.

  13. Vic Says:

    So Jimmy, let me ask you this – if it were the other way around, and Bolland layed that exact same hit on Ehroff or Edler, what would your opinion be? Be honest about it – I already said that hit Torres layed out on Eberle was dirty…

    Seriously, it’s one thing to be a fan of your team, but another to be an absolute homer about it and think your team is full of angels who play a 100% clean and tight game night after night.

    Besides, the only game the Hawks have won is without Seabrook – maybe it was a blessing – you can thank Torres for that…

  14. genrebuster Says:

    A dirty or malicious hit is just that, regardless of who delivers it OR who your rooting for…etc.

    In other words, some pictures can’t be re-framed, no matter how hard you try.

    The only way to reduce the number of malicious hits is to heavily fine AND heavily suspend the perpetrators. Repeat offenders should receive harsher penalties…and repeat repeat offenders should be suspended for LONG periods of time…without pay.

    Again, this has nothing to do with who you are rooting for.

    Yes, I understand hockey is a contact sport.

    Capiche?

  15. Vic Says:

    genrebuster,

    You bring up a very good point – I’m just wondering if the others on this board feel the same way – I asked Fro Dog what he though about the Ladd hit I posted and he immediatley tried to defend Ladd for the hit (because he plays for the Hawks). If it was a player on any other team, Fro Dog and most other fans of the Hawks would have been all up in arms about it.

    Note: I just used the Hawks as an example because Ladd played for the Hawks at the time – it goes for all teams – most Canuck fans thought the Torres hit on Eberle was clean – those of us who are not as homerized as others realize that was a dirty hit.

  16. Jimmy D. Says:

    Vic,

    I think you misunderstood my post. I’m against the malicious “head hunting”….no matter who the perpetrator is. Blackhawk, Canuck, Bruin, Blue Jacket, whatever….I hate the cheap shots that are potential career enders. When someone can brace for a blow from a guy that’s 6-4 and 250, they can absorb some of the inertia. I’m not saying remotely implying that you’ve got to see every hit coming; that’s not possible. I love it when someone cleanly “blows someone up”….completely. Again, I just don’t have tolerance for anyone who tries to intentionally hurt someone. That’s all.

    Jimmy D.

  17. Jimmy D. Says:

    AND, I agree wholeheartedly with Genrebuster. Penalize and fine the living shit out of those assholes (no matter who they are) and it’ll clean the game up. These guys are sooooo talented; let’s just have their skills be on display and we’ll see great competition.

  18. erniesarmy Says:

    Hey Fro,

    Looks like the Hawks aren’t dead after all.

    Vancouver may be looking at being one of the teams that blew a 3-0 lead.

  19. Fro Dog Says:

    Erniesarmy,

    There is still a lot of work to be done. Who knows what is going to happen.

  20. Vic Says:

    the series has become intersting to say the least…looking forward to Sunday…

  21. Fork Says:

    What’s happening Sunday? This series has been over for days.

  22. genrebuster Says:

    Apparently Fork knows….

  23. genrebuster Says:

  24. Fro Dog Says:

    I figured I would get some crap after Sunday’s game. But really, how many of you thought the Blackhawks would win not just game 4 but game 5 as well? If you said yes, you are as truthful as a politician.

  25. genrebuster Says:

    …so there was a game on Sunday…and another to follow….predictions anybody?

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