Chicago, IL –“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. – Alysa Speer
Chicago media and fans were not only stunned by the Chicago Blackhawks defeat on Monday night in Detroit at Joe Louis Area but were in full blown panic mode. Luckily the Blackhawks themselves seem calm and composed in their post game reactions.
Now I am a fan but my reaction is not panic as much as maybe frustration. There is frustration with the fact that on Saturday at the United Center the Hawks had the chance to finish the Wings with a decisive victory. Instead they decided to take a snooze. The effort was atrocious and disrespectful to the proud Indianhead warrior chief that they wear.
Remember you are the Chicago Blackhawks, representing the city that works and appreciates hard work. You may not always win but we expect you to work and whining about ref calls or lack thereof you will not be getting passes on these excuses. If the Hawks thought that the Stanley Cup playoff would be easy they should have known better.
It is unfathomable that they would take the Detroit Red Wings for granted. You can understand that with the outstanding year they have had that they would get complacent and maybe things came to easy for them. Well Detroit is not just going to let you take that Cup that easily. No I’m afraid you are going to have to work for it if you want it.
This applies to not just the players but the coaching staff and everyone. Including us fans. If I have to yell because the coach can’t or won’t I will. I will do my part as a Blackhawks fan. Why because I care about this team as a fan and want to see this teams’ hard work all year pay dividends and not just be asterisks in hockey history books.
What I want to do to the Blackhawks including the coaches is the same as Ed Harris in the Abyss. Remember when his character trying to revive his lifeless estranged wife from the brink of a drowning death slaps her hard, very hard and screams at her “Breath baby breath, God Damn it you bitch you never backed away from anything in your life! Now fight God Damn it! Do it right now Fight FIGHT FIGHT!” 1
Now I am not panicking and I don’t think the Hawks are dead quit yet, but I do think this team needs a good collective slap across their faces. They need to start playing their best because your opponent sure is. They are not perfect they have flaws you know what they are exploit them. You’ve worked too hard to give up now, you can rest in July and sleep all you want with the Cup.
What has happened to the team who all year long has been defensively responsible? I’m not only talking about the defenseman but the entire team game has mysteriously disappeared.
Why has the coaching staff not been able to improve the teams awful faceoff percentage or for that matter the power play. That power play has been dreadful for years now why Why WHY? Fix it please I guarantee you will need this going forward
Am I being harsh yes, is it deserved yes. This team is better than this and everyone knows it. It is Detroit who has the Hawks chasing and changing their game. It is time to get back to that team that won all those one goal games and refused to lose in the regular season. So now you are choosing to lose and accept defeat? that is unacceptable.
If the Hawks need to get mad hearing Bon Jovi’s living on prayer with the lyrics we are half way there resonating throughout the Joe should have supplied ample irritation. The Wings are half way to the Western Conference Finals a slot everyone thought was reserved for the Blackhawks and the Hawks are handing them the ticket.
Thursday night’s game is only fitting will be held in an arena named after one of the greatest World Heavyweight boxers of the 20th century. The Hawks need to counterpunch and start delivering some controlled blows themselves and Fight, FIGHT, FIGHT or the alternative will be fading into the abyss with a long summer of questions, regrets and self doubt. You were Heavy weight champions once start acting like it.