I am of course wearing my Hawks jersey in anticipation of game 3 against the Blues today (I will be hiding upstairs while my wife throws a baby shower for one of our kid’s elementary teachers). However, I love the controversy in St. Louis where residents are a bit put out when they bought their coffee at their local Dunkin’ Donuts only to be given cups decorated with the Blackhawks logo and “The official coffee of the Chicago Blackhawks.” It is divine intervention and an omen for all to contemplate.
Ok, it might also have been the world’s greatest order blunder. The company has removed the cups.
However, to all of my friends in St. Louis, this is an opportunity. Let’s come together around our coffee and our Blackhawks. After all, with coach Hitchcock ordering the Blues to do continual hits on the Hawks rather than actually handle the puck, the Blues can always shift to the WWE post-season if they lose. (I have long been critical of physical teams that focus on body slams to injure or wear down opposing teams. I prefer the Hawks’ emphasis on skating — one of the reasons that I was so critical of Duncan Keith in his thuggish suspension before the playoffs).
All joking aside, these have been very interesting games with two teams that are reverse images of each other: hits v. skating emphasis; strong defense over strong offense. It has been fun to watch. These are two great teams. Indeed, this has more of the feel of a Stanley Cup final than the playoffs.