The Blackhawks could be on their last wing right now, could be down three games to one heading into Vancouver tonight, and no one, not even their most faithful followers, could rightly complain.
They've already had a regular season that was 16 points better than 2007-08, already won a playoff series for the first time in 12 years. This is all gravy, folks. This is all more than even the sunny-side up Blackhawks management could have hoped for when they replaced coach
But if you fell asleep before that late comeback Thursday night (and boy were the Canucks doing everything they could to put people to sleep! I mean, sheesh, can the league adopt a too-many-men-on-the defensive-blue-line penalty? Please?) if you fell asleep, you missed the revelation that the Chicago Blackhawks are not quite ready to call it a spring. Quenneville later said that even as the clock ticked away and Vancouver kept clogging the ice like a sock in a drain, even then the feeling on the Blackhawks bench, "was that we were going to get it done."
So the sight of
Here's what the Blackhawks need tonight, and what they need to extend their fantasy season into one more round:
As much as people gushed about San Jose's newly acquired puck-mover
A big Game 5 for Campbell, a big couple of games here to try to close out this series, and Chicago GM
Tonight we find out whether the clock has struck midnight for Capitals rookie goalie