I said at the end of my game two recap that the Blackhawks who played the first thirty minutes of game two had to get on the plane to Boston. Unfortunately, it looks like we got the boys who played the last 30+ minutes instead. Not surprisingly it didn’t go well for the visiting team.
Earlier in the day, while sitting in my office, I thought about the fact that game three between the Blackhawks and Bruins was tonight and then starting praying there wouldn’t be overtime. All of a sudden I got an instinct there would be a shutout and I didn’t feel good about it. I should’ve gone with that gut and not bothered watching the game.
First off, huge news from the pregame as Marian Hossa apparently got hurt in warm-ups and was a late scratch leading to Ben Smith entering the lineup after not playing a game since the last game of the regular season (his only game in the NHL this year) and missing warm-ups. Talk about walking into a tough situation. He played fine and sadly, I’m not sure if Hossa being in the lineup would’ve made a difference. I just hope it isn’t serious and he’s back soon.
Speaking of not serious, Zdeno Chara wiped out during warm-ups and Milan Lucic fell on top of him knocking his helmet off. Apparently he needed stitches to the back of his head but was still in the lineup. I get that hockey players are tough and it takes a lot for them to miss a game at this point in the season, but the fact the Bruins let him back on the ice bothers me. Stitches to the back of the head equals quiet room to me and there wasn’t enough time for him to be in one. I get these guys want to win the Stanley Cup but if you drop dead a year later was it really worth it?
Sorry…stuff like that just pisses me off. Anyway, onto the game.