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After long wait, Hawks ready for Canucks

May 1, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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We’ve seen some great hockey already in the second round, but all of
the hype has been building towards tonight’s game between the Chicago
Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks. These teams are incredibly evenly
matched, play very similar styles of hockey and there’s been some bad
blood brewing between these two the past few seasons. All of it combined
spells what should be an insanely entertaining playoff series to watch.

It’s
also been a while since these teams have hit the ice, with the
Blackhawks ending their series against the Predators on Monday. Marian
Hossa, the Game 5 hero for the for the Hawks, says they’ll be ready. From
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune:

“It was nice to get a good rest and finally tonight get into it,”
winger Marian Hossa said after Saturday’s morning skate at the United
Center. “We’re looking forward to it. We have a really hard opponent in
Vancouver. It’s going to be a great series. It’s going to be hard. They
have lots of firepower and we have to make sure we’re ready for them.”

This series has had the buildup of the equivalent of tonight’s
heavyweight matchup of Mayweather and Mosely, as we wait for what could
be a bloody, knock ‘em out series. We’re all waiting to see just how
high the intensity will be, as these are two teams capavle of some
incredibly fast-paced action paired with some very physical play.

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