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Blackhawks force Game 7 in what was not the world’s prettiest game

I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...

But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.

Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.

Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.

This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:

Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.

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topshelf14's avatar

Seriously George? That game was unbelievable, with highlight reel goals, and tremendous game saving stops by both goalies.  One of the best games I’ve watched all year.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/31/14 at 12:14 AM ET

blammo's avatar

That was a beautiful game of intensity, skill, speed, and emotion. Rivaling the Olympic match between Canada and the US.

These guys ARE exhausted. But they are also gifted with a ton of talent and pride and desire. Several of the top-end guys all played against or with each other in the gold medal game. But this is the business. This is where reputations are made. Crosby. Ovechkin. Whatever. Also-rans.

Keith, after being shown up by Doughty all series, steps up and gets the tie-ing goal. Impressive. Then Kane, who has been stealthy quiet, scores the game winner. Again.

And the second tier guys, like Stoll and Saad, are all trying to prove that they belong.

This is super hockey. As a Vancouverite, I am sure that less than 20% of Canuck fans are even watching these games. Those are not hockey fans. They are something else. I’m sure the same exists in cities across North America. Who cares about those people. They don’t understand the game.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/31/14 at 02:50 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Oh, and how about the egregious call against Toews that led to the go-ahead goal by the Kings? Talk about ticky-tacky. Most teams would be buried by a turn of events like that.

But the Hawks are Champions. They are winners. That is just grist for the mill. They eat that up, spit it out, and score two more goals against a very good LA Kings team.

One win away from a chance at Dynasty.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/31/14 at 02:57 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Great game. Here’s hoping the Kings can win game 7 in the snake pit Sunday night.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/31/14 at 02:15 PM ET

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