The Hawks’ Nest


A Tough Loss
May 12, 2009, 5:37 pm
Filed under: NHL

Pardon me for a second, while I step away from the Winter Haw- uh, Winterhawks, and the WHL to enter a post about the NHL playoffs.

Suffice it to say, Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis is going to be deleted from my iPod. That song, which the Chicago Blackhawks use as their goal song, has been completely ruined for me after hearing it seven times last night.

Full disclosure: I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., and am a huge Canucks fan. I know I’m supposed to root for the Blackhawks now given that we share a jersey, but not when they play Vancouver.

For a Canucks fan, that series was brutal. They lost a 3-0 lead in Game 1, but managed a win with a late goal. They let go of a 2-0 lead in Game 2, and got blown out. They dictated Game 3 and got a much-deserved win.

Then came Game 4. It wasn’t pretty, but the Canucks were clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the third. A win would have put them up 3-1 in the series heading back home for Game 5. They’d have three wins when they really only deserved one. But that’s what championship teams do, right? Find ways to win when they shouldn’t?

But Chicago tied the game with three minutes to go. And when the Blackhawks scored in overtime to tie the series, I turned to my wife and said, “so much for this season”.

Was it harsh with the series tied 2-2 and home ice advantage? Yeah. But the Canucks had missed a golden opportunity, and that’s hard to recover from.

They lost Game 5 at home, and then came last night’s Game 6, which, 24 hours later, I’m still not really ready to discuss.

All I can think about is that stupid Chelsea Dagger song. One particularly evil co-worker has taken great enjoyment out of humming it while in my vicinity today.

What really hurts was the sense that the window could be closing real fast. The Sedin twins and Mattias Ohlund are unrestricted free agents, and Luongo only has a year left on his contract.

As a Canucks fan, you watch Chicago and see a young team on the verge of great things. You look at the Canucks and see a team that might have missed its opportunity.

And sure, maybe the Sedins re-sign. Maybe Cody Hodgson comes in next season and gives them a much-needed sniper. Maybe they find a few more mobile defensemen.

I hope so. But that’s a lot of maybes.

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Yeah, sorry about your nucks, but for some reason that team just got on my nerves… But then again I didnt grow up there!

Comment by BONGHIT1

Too Bad…..old time hockey Wings/Hawks bring it on!!!

Comment by Buckeye Sharpener




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