First off...let me apologize for my absence the last few days. Early Saturday morning, after 23 hours of labor (with a Hawks radio broadcast in the background of course), my beautiful daughter Adelyn Grace was born. Needless to say, hockey has taken a back seat for a few days, but we're back, and jacked to be in the Stanley Cup Finals.
With that said, a lot of "experts" are chiming in, saying the Hawks won the Cup when they defeated to Sharks. It's easy to see WHY they would say that, but the Flyers, despite their semi impressive playoff run (who'd they beat really?), are the ONE kind of team that can give the Hawks fits.
Let me take you back to May 16th. The playoffs were just starting, and the Hawks and their fans were expecting an easy romp over the Nashville Predators in the first round. What they got was anything but easy. Nashville proved to be the Hawks' toughest opponent in these playoffs so far.
Their tight checking, team oriented style kept them in game against a MUCH more talented Blackhawks team.
The Flyers are a much better team than Nashville, so it won't be identical, but they know the Hawks are BY FAR the best team they've faced in the playoffs. To have a fighting chance, they will HAVE to commit to team defense, and try to pound the Hawks into submission, and rest assured, they will try.
With that said, I'm taking the Hawks in 5. A lot will be made of the Flyers hot players, and hot goalie, and hot everything else. The same way a lot was made about the unstoppable Roberto Luongo and Sedin Twins. The same way a lot was made about the killer top line of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Dany Heatley. The same way a lot was made about the unstoppable Joel Pavelski.
The Hawks have a way of making these stars magically disappear. Expect the same against the Flyers. However, if the Hawks start this series like they did the Nashville series, they will find themselves in a hole. That's not a position any team wants to be in with the Cup on the line.
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