BONERTIME!!! Hawks 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)
Reports of the Blackhawks' death were greatly exaggerated. Still, it was a lot more interesting than it should have been.
The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead, coughed it all up in the last 5 minutes of the second period, then ended it in 1:52 of overtime with Patrick Sharp's roofer into an wide open net.
Let's get to it:
The character of this team. They looked like they were melting down against the Champs, because they were. They went into the locker room, and got their shit together. They came out and looked like a team ready to contend for a Championship.They held it together, then in overtime they took the game right to the Wings. They've really got something hanging in their jocks. The credit begins with the Captain.
Christobal Huet. He hasn't played in well over a month, he stepped in and stopped every puck he faced. He's the goalie who will own the net starting next year, so this is encouraging.
Patrick Sharp. Goddamn, that's one handsome man.
The first goal, and the walk-off. Half of the United Center is ready to go gay for him.
He's done it all in this playoff run for the Hawks. Power plays, penalty kills, blocking shots, on any and every line combination, even taking the body from time to time. And all while scoring 7 goals. Dayum.
And, of course, the return of the RALLY MULLET!!!
Brian Campbell. This is two games in a row I sounded like a parrot, just saying "Goddamnit, Soupy!" Over and over again. He can be so unbelievably good, and so ungodly dumb...man, is it frustrating.
Niklas Kronwall's hit on Martin Havlat. Damndest thing is, it looked like a totally clean hit. It just looked absolutely grisly, given that it looked like manslaughter. Seriously scary. I don't think anyone is expecting to see the Bohunk on the ice anytime soon.
Game 4 is Sunday afternoon at the United Center. The Hawks will try to even things up. At any rate, with 2 overtime games so far, the Wings sure as hell know they're in a series. And a longer series favors younger legs.
Oh, and since CT is such a damn slacker, here's an old school brawl for you...Big Behn Wilson squaring off against our beloved Keith Magnuson...