Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Blackhawks Win, Tie Series Against Evil Canucks 1-1

Tonight I bypassed the Poker from the Rail BBT5 tournament to head to the United Center for an excellent Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. This was game two in the best out of seven series. The Hawks were embarassed by the Canucks in game one.

I originally had Standing Room Only tickets, but checked Ticketmaster on a whim Monday and was able to upgrade to seats in the upper level.

What a horrendous start to the game! The Canucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes due to defensive mistakes by the Hawks. The Hawks were playing so poorly that it could have easily been a 3-0 or 4-0 deficit if not for a little luck and some good goaltending.

However, the Hawks kept on plugging away and tied the game 2-2 in the third period. A goal with only 1:30 left gave the Hawks the lead. They scored an empty net goal to finish things off.

The series moves to Vancouver for game three Wednesday night. Although these teams really dislike each other, the series has not had the fighting that most people expected. Will things change Wednesday night?

btw -- Although being among over 22,000 loud, cheering fans was great, the Madhouse on Madison (as the United Center is called) is still just a shade short of the experience at the ol' barn -- the now demolished Chicago Stadium. Ahh -- memories!


Blogger dbcooper said...

Great game last night. Your right it could have been 4-0 in the first but for a couple bad bounces and a couple good saves. It's going to be a great series.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Schaubs said...

We played like shit for the last 55 minutes.

However, we now have home ice advantage.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Thanks for the graphics (ticket scan and photo of Mr. Super Fan). What's your prediction the rest of the way. I'm not a hockey fan, but the Blackhawks have lost home ice advantage, right?

1:47 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Hmmm ... this sounds like the Schaubs cooler. Blackhawks are guaranteed to win the series now.

It is common to say that a team has lost the home ice advantage if they split the first two games at home. The goal, therefore, is to win at least one of the next two in Vancouver to take back the advantage.

I think that the Hawks are the better team and will win in six or seven games. I have tickets for game five.

3:54 PM  
Blogger crafty said...

Know what you mean about the new barn not holding a candle to the old one. The old Boston Garden seated fewer than 15,000 for hockey, was not air-conditioned, had all its roof vents welded shut due to an accident in the '50s, and allowed smoking. And yet with all that, I just adored that old barn.

7:32 PM  

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