The Hawks looked dead for a while in Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Then they came back and won it. Sports editor Jon Styf and sports reporter Meghan Montemurro discuss:
Styf: So this is how it’s going to be? Give Boston the lead and confidence, then take it all away. If they could have planned it out, maybe they would have done it this way. Because, for the Bruins, losing like that has to be disheartening. They had it. They had it. There it went ....
Montemurro: If the Bruins thought they would roll over the Hawks like they did against the Penguins, well, they got their rude awakening. It seems every Stanley Cup champion has a great moment during its run to the title and maybe everyone wrongly assumed it was their comeback against the Red Wings, down 3-1. Does a Hawks comeback win, when they twice trailed by two goals, set them up to cruise in Game 2 on Saturday?
Styf: I don’t like your leading questions. All I know is that the game felt like it took forever. I’m glad it ended. The Hawks are glad about the way it ended. Now we wait two days, forget what happened, and try this all again Saturday. The Hawks have to have confidence now, but one loss isn’t going to get any team down in the Final. The Bruins are still hungry, still confident, and still the best team the Hawks have faced in the playoffs.
Montemurro: Most importantly, the Hawks don’t face a must-win situation heading into Saturday, because who wants to head back to Boston down 0-2? But the Hawks’ stars need to step up. I’m looking at you captain Jonathan Toews. One goal in 18 games isn’t gonna cut it.
Styf: I think the whole “must-win” thing is overrated, too. We’ve seen it plenty of times, teams can come back in a series no matter where it is. Hard to come back from 3-0 down regardless, but maybe the Bruins will have to do that now.
Montemurro: The only number that matters is 3: three more wins until the Hawks can hoist the Stanley Cup trophy.
Styf: And host a parade, since we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The parade is always better anyway. It happens in the afternoon, it’s all smiles, and it’s just a slow-moving ride through downtown. It doesn’t end late. Like, say, Wednesday night’s game.
Montemurro: Credit the Hawks fans at the United Center. Their energy and enthusiasm never wavered during the game, even when the Hawks were losing. It had to provide a nice boost to the Hawks, whose feet were dragging the later the game went in overtime. I know they pumped me up and motivated me to write a masterpiece.
Styf: Well, you did. And we all thank you for that.