The Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of being eliminated from the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
We could write at length about the Raffi Torres hit on Brent Seabrook, but we’ve got all day Monday for that. And we could praise the Canucks to the skies, but it’s starting to look like we may have another two months of that as well.
For now, with this series all but over, we should spare a moment to pay our respects to the fallen Stanley Cup champions, the Blackhawks, a team that isn’t only nowhere near as good as the Vancouver Canucks are. They are nowhere near as good as themselves a year ago either, down 3-0 in their first-round series to the Canucks, a pale impression of the team that eliminated Vancouver a year ago.
“Where we sit now, it’s not pretty. It’s really frustrating when you don’t put it all on the line; you don’t find a way to win that one,” Toews said, after a Mikael Samuelsson rebound goal – on the second or third whack – stood up as the winner in a 3-2 game.