Lucky undies, check. Same clothes I’ve worn each of the last two games, check. Beard combed and glorious, check. I’m ready to make the magic happen tonight.
A much more convincing effort in Game 5 has everyone feeling confident that the Blackhawks have slowly started to figure out the Tampa Bay Lightning. There was a lot more room out there for the Hawks to maneuver than there had been the previous four games and they looked like they were in control for most of the game. That was certainly helped by a gift goal in the 1st period and an injury to one of Tampa’s top forwards, but it’s progress.
But let’s not be presumptuous. Tampa Bay will likely put forth their best effort of the series tonight. Sure, the Blackhawks have home ice advantage, but this won’t be easy.
On the other hand, you have to figure Patrick Kane gets loose for one or two goals tonight. It would be hard to believe that the Hawks will win it all without Kane scoring once. You have to think that Q will be able to get the matchups he wants with the last change on faceoffs. I’d expect to see Q going out of his way to keep Tampa’s Victor Hedman away from Kane tonight so Kane can get loose. Let a grinder like Andrew Shaw, or a demigod like Marian Hossa, battle it out with Hedman tonight and wear that viking down.
It’s all right there for the taking. We just need for the Hawks to channel all of the extra energy that will be in the United Center tonight and hope they finally skate the Lightning out of the building. But don’t be overconfident. Tampa Bay has come back from 3-2 series deficits twice in these playoffs, so I don’t think they’re going to cooperate with the coronation of the Blackhawks tonight. So keep doing whatever you’ve been doing, even if it is Monday night. Don’t mess with the mojo. We need just one more win. LET’S GO HAWKS!!!