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Chicago Can Still Win This Series

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

They are one of the few teams in sports that can be better than everybody else simply by deciding to be. They are capable of acing a test without studying for it, and, as galling as that might be for the schoolmarms and hockey purists among us, it tends to come in handy when you’re where the Hawks are now....

The truly great teams push through weariness. If the Hawks, who have won two of the last four Cups, want to be considered a dynasty, they’ll have to overcome sore bodies Wednesday and the rest of the playoffs.

The Kings are very, very good. Let’s not lose sight of that. They’re almost as deep as the Hawks and just as resilient, as their first-round comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks proved. But the Hawks are better than this. They’re certainly not as bad as the Kings are making them look.

We’ve been told that their abundance of talent might be the problem for the Hawks, that they rely on it too much. It’s only a problem if you prefer your teams to look like the Buffalo Sabres.

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pautna's avatar

“They’re certainly not as bad as the Kings are making them look.”

Of course not, it’s the bad bounces!! And the hawks “abundance of talent”.

Posted by pautna on 05/28/14 at 10:42 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Technically they could still win, but they won’t.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/28/14 at 10:43 AM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Time to butcher and misquote for the sake of fun: the Blackhawks are the Buffalo Sabers of the Western Conference.  Discuss.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 05/28/14 at 12:07 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

I’ll be the voice of caution for the Kings. Our pp, well, presumably it isn’t going to keep scoring at this level of efficiency (but oh how sweet it is to look over and see Kompon behind the Hawks’ bench), and Crawford is possibly due for a better game. But damn I hope I’m wrong on both accounts.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/28/14 at 12:15 PM ET

awould's avatar

The Kings are making the Hawks looks like the Sharks.

Posted by awould on 05/28/14 at 12:37 PM ET

awould's avatar

Here’s the primary obstacle for Chicago. Coming back down 3-1 against a team that already had to make the historic come back, down 0-3. No way a team like that gives up a couple weak performances to let them back in.

Posted by awould on 05/28/14 at 12:46 PM ET

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