So now it’s a best-of-3.
Rather than rehash the details and re-open the wounds that have hopefully started to heal, let’s look on the bright side of things. The Blackhawks outplayed the Flyers in the third period for the first time since Game 1. They made the Flyers and their fans sweat out a 4-1 lead with less than 8 minutes to play. This all coming after they were comfortably ahead from the end of the first period. The Hawks had an ample amount of opportunities to tie the score but were just inches short on shots from Seabrook, Toews, and Sharp.
So there’s that.
We said this series was going to painful and frustrating sometimes. We wouldn’t ever lie to you. The Flyers are a legitimate NHL contender who knows what’s at stake. They’re not going to whimper away. This is going to be a battle to the end.
While I’m sure there are more than a few panickers among us, let me just say this: You’ve stuck it out all season long. There’s only three games at the most left. What is there left to worry about; the Hawks are either going to win 2 out of 3 or they’ll lose 2 out of 3. That’s it. See, nothing to be afraid of.
With that, let me just address one particular situation that had me fuming at the end of the game. Granted, this wasn’t why the Hawks lost or why they didn’t tie it, it was just a small little play that sent me up the wall. And hey, this is a blog so where else would you see something like this.
Less than a minute to play, the Hawks had the Flyers pinned deep. There were 4 forwards down deep digging for the puck on the right boards. Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith are the point men. With the Hawks clearly outnumbering the Flyers in any situation, it is imperative for the defensemen to stay on their points to keep loose pucks in.
So with the Hawk forwards trying to win a board battle deep in the zone, Patrick Sharp decides to stick his nose down there even though there were 3 Hawks already down there. Can you guess what happens next?
The Flyers gain possession of the puck and blindly fire the puck to the point. A point that would’ve been covered had a defenseman being manning it. Instead, Sharp was caught in between because he was thinking as a forward and the puck fluttered harmlessly to the neutral zone.
There was no guarantee the Hawks would’ve ended up scoring on that sequence. And like I said, it wasn’t the reason they lost. It was just a stupid play at the end of a stupid game that really ticked me off.