Blackhawks Vs Sharks and the NHL Playoffs

» 12 May 2010 » In something else »

It’s playoff time. Has been for a couple weeks, in fact. One year ago today, I posted on the resurgent Chicago Blackhawks, pledging my support to my hometown team, who of course went on to lose in the conference finals to Detroit. My first loyalty as a hockey fan is to my current local team, the San Jose Sharks, but last year the decision to root for the Hawks was made for me when the Sharks flamed out in the first round.

This year is different. Both the Sharks and the Hawks handily won their first two playoff rounds and will meet in the Western Conference Finals. Does this put my loyalties to the test? Not really. I’m a Sharks fan. I live the Bay Area and have been following this team for years. And they’re a veteran team that’s been on the cusp of greatness for the last couple of years, and they’re just due. It’s a shame Jonathan Cheechoo is no longer around though.

Now having said that, I can’t help but be a little bit nervous about this series as a Sharks fan. The Blackhawks outplayed the Sharks pretty convincingly in the two teams’ four regular season meetings, and have a talented team with tremendous scoring depth. The Sharks actually have the more experienced, skilled top group (the “Gold Medal” line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau), but they haven’t really gotten going in the playoffs until the last few games. It should be a good series.

I’m still gonna link to Here Come the Hawks though. You can get the mp3 of the regular version here and the instrumental here.

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  1. Patrick
    12/05/2010 at 6:20 pm Permalink

    I felt the same as you and thought the Sharks were in trouble after the Colorado series but I think that series woke the proverbial sleeping giant. SJ is tired of everyone expecting them to get bounced early in the playoffs and used that plus a hard fought victory in round one as the motivation that paid off as they absoultely outplayed the Wings in 4 of the 5 games of that series. I think this is their year (yes I am a homer on this one) and their series with Chicago will be much different than the regular season. I really hope they win it all and it comes over the Canadiens. To have them win their first cup over the most storied franchise in the league would be icing on the cake if the year also includes wins over really good Detroit and Chicago teams. Sort of like an Eagles win over Kyojin for the Japan Series title. Of course, being a Giants fan, I hope that never happens 🙂

  2. Patrick
    17/05/2010 at 10:53 am Permalink

    (With Sunday’s game complete)

    Then, again, maybe you might be right. 🙂