The meltdown occurred.
A young Blackhawks team that has battled its way out of adversity in the past has met its match. Now, while the series is not yet over, being down 3-1 and being drubbed 6-1 in game 4, in your home building, is basically a cue to get tee times ready for next week.
I was particularly puzzled and disappointed by Coach Q’s complaint about the officiating, especially when there were plenty of other things to find fault with, namely the play on the ice.
Once again, Brian Campbell made it clear why his playoff play has been questioned in the past by making us question it again in the present.
I’ve been pulling for Huet and saying he can be as good as Khabibulin but he wasn’t great today. He was great at times, but overall, when he needed to make stops, he didn’t.
Duncan Keith and the rest of the defensive crew once again showed that when the pressure’s on, they make stupid plays.
Again, Kane and Toews couldn’t get free and threaten.
Oh, did I mention that this loss was to a Detroit team that was minus stars, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk?
I’m not disappointed in what the Hawks did this year. They surpassed my predictions and expectations, but I had a feeling, as I mentioned before, that this round would be the end of the line – or the beginning of the line to the First Tee.
It’s been a good run.
Thanks, Hawks, and I hope you at least can bring the Wings back to Chicago for a better send off for yourselves and the Wings.
This year deserves better.