POP GOES THE PLAYOFF CHERRY: Blackhawks 3, Flames 2 (OT)
Welcome to the playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks, faulted for their inexperience coming into tonight's game, overcame early jitters to defeat the Calgary Flames, 3-2. The game winner came off the blade of Marty Havlat's stick 12 seconds into the first overtime.
Havlat. The Hawks were down in the third, and it was getting late, with 5:34 left. Havlat banged in his own rebound to tie it, then potted the winner in the only shift needed in overtime. Every player's getting paid the same amount now, but he's earning all he's made over the past 3 years. It should also be noted the winner was scored by the DaLaSoul line (did I do that right?), Bolland, Ladd and Havlat. Nice to see them back together.
Nikolai Khabibulin. Huge saves all night. He was left naked on Calgary's 2 goals, but he made some real clutch stops.
Cam Barker. Keith looked a little jittery tonight, but Barker scored the icebreaker, and had an assist as well. Took the body well also.
Duncan Keith looked a little shaky tonight. Maybe he was pressing a little too hard.
Matt Walker. He's shit. Keep him off the fucking ice.
The Power Play. Uglier than Susan Boyle. I can't say that enough.
Game 2 is Saturday in the United Center. The Hawks now have experience. They showed they could nut up when things get tight.
Goddamn, I fucking love playoff hockey, and I fucking love that this team is playing it.