The Blackhawks looked like they had it won with two separate two-goal leads. Then they looked like they had lost it. But they didn’t give up and are coming home tied at 2 in the series. Sports editor Jon Styf and reporter Jeff Arnold discuss:
Styf: A win is all the Blackhawks needed and they got it. But wow, that was ugly. A great game to watch for an unattached fan. A tough way to win for a Hawks team that should have put it away much earlier.
Arnold: Not sure I would call it ugly, but instead, just really intense playoff hockey. Games like this are why people who don’t watch hockey all year long watch it now. It played out like a Game 7 rather than a Game 4. Serious edge-of-your-seat stuff. But like you said, the bottom line is that the Hawks found a way to overcome some adversity and get back to even.
Styf: When the puck flies over the net, hits somewhere near the glass and then bounces back for a goal, I’ll call it ugly every time. This isn’t H-O-R-S-E or one of those old McDonald’s commercials where Larry Bird and Michael Jordan play H-O-R-S-E.
Arnold: I know you’re not a big hockey guy, but that’s called puck luck. Joel Quenneville hates that term, but that’s what they call it. Strange stuff like that tends to happen in the playoffs and so you might as well embrace it. Secondary scoring played a major role in helping the Hawks get back home even. Does the momentum shift back in the Hawks’ favor now?
Styf: Of course it does, but you know that. I can’t stand the whole sports radio-driven series momentum thing. You have to win four before you lose four, simple as that. Each team has one mullgan left. We’ll see if the Hawks have to use their get out of jail card after Saturday. I would say they won’t.
Arnold: I disagree. When you win a game like they did Wednesday and now that Toews can stop asking questions from know-it-alls like Tom Musick and myself about his inability to score a goal, some energy usually goes with that. Between that, a jacked up United Center crowd and the fact that they feel like they dodged a huge bullet in Boston, I think it’s enough to take a 3-2 series lead. Finishing the deal in Boston early next week, though, could be a different story.
Styf: You’re over-estimating the importance of your questions, Jeff. The players don’t put much stock in those. If they did, I agree, they would have issues. Back to hockey, though. This series is now guaranteed to reach at least six games. Can’t complain about that, right?
Arnold: I can’t, but I’m not the one footing the bill for our columnist having to make a return trip to Boston.
Styf: I hear it’s beautiful there this time of year. Hope I at least get a postcard.