Yes, the Blackhawks lost last night. Yes, they also lost game 2. Yes, the Bruins are leading the series 2-1.
Based on what I read on social media last night during and after the game, some of you are ready to give up. Some of you (you know who you are) seem ready to hand the Stanley Cup over to the Bruins right now and call it a series.
The Blackhawks may be down but they are not out. It's a seven game series, and there are 4 more games to play. Put on your big boy and big girl pants and buckle up, baby, because now is not the time to be jumping ship.
"Remain calm. All is well." (Animal House) may seem like a platitude to soothe the frayed nerves of the screaming masses, but panicking never helps.
As a sports mom- a hockey mom- I've seen tough times. I've survived dejected and demoralized little players who thought there was never going to be another goal, another save, another win. Over the years, I've accumulated a few quotes to throw out when the days seem dark and success seems impossible.
I'm not saying they're the most effective pep talk material- I'm no Lombardi- but at least you can repeat them to yourself instead of banging your head against the wall and wailing. Speaking of....
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." -Vince Lombardi
The Blackhawks have been here before, or have you so quickly forgotten the Detroit series? We were in a worse hole against our longtime mortal enemy and we climbed out and beat the shit out of those fuckers to move on to the Western Conference Finals. Which we won as well. We'll do the same to the Bruins.
"When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge." - Terry Bradshaw
The Bruins are thinking they've got this in the bag. Tuuka Rask and all that nonstop blathering about the old fart, Jagr. And while Rask is playing hot, remember that we smoked his skanky goalie ass in Game 1. Let's prove we can do it again.
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King
Seven game series. Keep repeating that.
"You were meant to be here. The moment is yours." -Herb Brooks
Remember the beginning of the season? How we blew through our opponents? Found a way to win no matter what? We earned this. We deserve this. Our time is now.
"You're never beaten until you admit it." - General George S. Patton
So quit saying we've lost. We haven't. Again: 7 game series. Suck it up.
"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it." - Rafiki, The Lion King
Okay, so the Blackhawks power play is bad. It's real bad. And lately, the power kill hasn't been that great either. And we've lost more faceoffs then we've won. But that was then. This is now. Every game is a new beginning, and all that. Onward.
"To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit- ever. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower." - Carl Spackler, Caddyshack
Boston sucks. 'nuff said.
"Never give up on anybody." -Hubert H. Humphrey
Toews has been less than amazing. I hear ya. In fact, you can find something to complain about for almost every player. But you never know, do you? And we've had game winning goals from unexpected players, and we've kept winning. Toews has it in him. Captain Serious will find his- and his team's- mojo. Hossa will be back. Kane will work his dekeing magic. All will be good.
And, finally, there is this. This is the penultimate motivational speech ever given, by anyone, anywhere. Blackhawks fans, I give you Bluto Plutarsky and his Delta house brothers from Animal House.