Total Pro Sports – It was a close game five, but in the end the Wings were once again too much for the younger Blackhawks to handle. Even with the experience of Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Draper absent from the line-up (not to mention the surprising late scratch of Jonathan Ericsson), they got just enough from their remaining stars, Osgood was solid in goal, and “role players” like Cleary and Helm provided the scoring.
This tight battle to close out the Western Conference Finals was no walk in the park, and even required an overtime frame after a late Patrick Kane goal in the third period knotted things up at 1-1. The Wings dominated in the shots department, out-shooting the Hawks 46-31, but Cristobal Huet was on his game, leaving the home town crowd at the edge of their seats, and one fan even took things out on the ref. I thought the guys in stripes were pretty good in this one.
At one point during the second period, a fan in the front row was caught on camera giving the ref a “two-fingered salute”. P.J. Stock wasn’t a fan of the “putz” and show his displeasure for the “putz”. Seems like living in that bubble for so long has P.J a little wound up, but we agree. There was no need for the fingers at the refs. They should probably be saving those for Croby and Malkin. But I only wish Detroit Fans sitting front row could be more like Florida Panthers fans who flash their boobs on a regular basis.
The Cup finals will begin Saturday night at 8pm ET in Detroit. The repeat finals of last year between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins will be the first since time teams have played each other in back to back finals since the Edmonton Oilers got their revenge on the New York Islanders in 1984.
It should be a good one again this time around. You know everyone will be wondering how much that extra year of experience has helped Crosby and Malkin. And lets not forget about Hossa’s decision during the off-season to leave Pittsburgh in favor of playing in Detroit. Was it a good one?
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