And Then There Was One: Hawks 3, Bruins 1 (Hawks Lead Series 3-2)
At the beginning of this season, my eight and six year old daughters extracted a promise from me (they do this every season). Basically, I promise them that if the Hawks are on the verge of clinching the Stanley Cup, they can stay up and watch the entirety of the would be clinching game(s). In 2010, they made a valiant effort, but couldn't quite make it to the end.
Looks like they're going to get another chance.
The Hawks won tonight, but it was another game that could have gone either way. Both teams had their chances, but Patrick Kane was the guy on Chicago's side who cashed in on his and the Hawks made it stand up. It was fucking nerve wracking and while I hope the Blackhawks win Game 6 in a 8-0 laugher, I doubt that'll be the case. I am confident that Chicago won't treat Game 6 like a mulligan, but the Bruins are desparate, so it should be a hell of a game (again). I predict 9 overtimes.
Toews/Bickell/Kane - this was the line that scored both Hawks goals and was giving Zdeno Chara fits most of the night. Kane cashed in on two rebounds and had a couple of chances to finish the hat trick. Maybe Monday, kid.
Bolland/Kruger/Frolik - At the end of the game, these guys were deployed to defend the Hawks one goal lead and they put on a clinic in the neutral zone, keeping Tukka Rask from going to the bench until the Bruins finally got a face off in the Hawks zone with less than a minute to go. This line then proceeded to ice the game when Frolik got away with a trip in Torey Krug and Bolland scored into the Bruins empty net.
Corey Crawford - Although Crawford gave up one goal that went in on his *gasp* glove side, that's still one less than Tukka Rask gave up tonight. Which means Crow is on the verge of backstopping his team to a Stanley Cup AND possibly winning the starting goaltending job next year!
Injuries - 2 injuries to 2 huge players for each team. Patrice Bergeron who has been dynamite in this series pulled up lame during the 2nd period and left the United Center in an ambulance and is hopefully okay. Jonathan Toews played zero shifts in the 3rd period (but did sit on the bench) and will hopefully play on Monday.
The Narrative - between the second and third periods, it appears that the media's talking points have shifted from COREY CRAWFORD'S GLOVE HAND SUX to ZDENO CHARA IS ON THE ICE FOR EVERY GOAL. When this is over, I will not miss this lunacy.
Up Next: GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING GAME 6 ON MONDAY
It's a long way down that Holiday Road.