Nobody said it was easy, but no one ever said it would be so hard. Oh God...did I just quote Coldplay. What has this come to?
The Flyers took it to the Hawks in Game 4 Friday night, and all of a sudden hockey panic has taken over Chicago.
The reasons why have been beaten to death. Some are blaming the refs, some are saying the Hawks don't want it enough, some are saying Antti Niemi isn't playing well enough. While I think it's probably a combination of things, nothing is lost here.
I picked the Hawks to win the series in 5, but I have severely underestimated the Flyers. I still think the Hawks will win the series, and that's where my challenge for Hawks fans comes in.
Sunday night, everyone from the oldest old school fan to the newest bandwagon jumper will be tight with nerves, but nothing will compare to the nerves the Hawks' players will feel.
If you have a ticket to Game 5, please don't let those nerves show.
Your confidence and voices can do wonders to loosen up the Hawks. If they take the ice, and sense a nervous crowd, those jitters will remain.
Get loud, be confident, and get on the Flyers' players from pre game skate until final horn.
Hawk fans take pride in having the loudest, craziest building in the NHL, but more often than not in these playoffs, it's sounded more like a library than the Chicago Stadium.
Never has YOUR voice been more important. Use it, and help the Hawks take Game 5.