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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Blackhawks beat Red Wings 3-2 – but in overtime

Apr 7, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

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The comments section is open. Go say what you think. No big whoop.

Here are a few topics:

—- So the Nashville Predators will host the Detroit Red Wings in the first round. Let me ask, then: will the Red Wings regret earning the extra point as they grind out a (theoretically) tougher first draw?

—- Going further, can the road-weak (17-21-3) Red Wings survive the first round without home ice advantage?

—- Sound off Chicago Blackhawks fans: which Pacific Division winner would be the easiest matchup? Conversely, who would the ‘Hawks rather avoid?

—- It’s now five games back for Jimmy Howard. Does he look playoff-ready to you?

—- This afternoon’s contest gives a solid example of how strong the Blackhawks are in big games without Jonathan Toews. How much trouble would Chicago be without Toews? Could they win at least the first round without him?

—- Along similar lines, Corey Crawford has played almost every game down the stretch for the Hawks. Can they go deep with him as “The Guy” or are they doomed in net?

—- The shootout is a derisive force in hockey, but every now and then moments of individual brilliance makes it easier to tolerate. Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Kane had a round of “Anything you can do, I can do better.” So whose mind-blowing move was better? (Note: Kane’s resulted in a goal, if that makes a difference)

Now go, talk amongst yourselves.


  1. chibimike - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Brilliant move Wings. 40some seconds from a much easier first round match up and you mess it up, then lose in a shootout so you don’t even have a shot at home ice.

    • polegojim - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Imagine that, a team with integrity to WIN, not jockey for position.

      Maybe you should be rooting for another team.


      • comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM


        I was happy to see Chicago pull their goalie in regulation to risk the loss as well.

        None of this “Suck For Luck” crap the NFL does.

  2. vshehane - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Haha, the Dead Wings come to Nashville!

    • hockinj25 - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      How many rings does Nashville have?

      • polegojim - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        Ha Ha, that’s funny…. let’s see…. ZERO.

        Keep talking Nashville, keep talking.

        We’re glad to visit you anytime.


  3. trbowman - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    To me it depends on who the Pacific winner is which we don’t know yet. I’d easily rather play the Coyotes/Sharks than the Preds but I think I’d rather play the Preds than the Kings.

    Still, if they were gonna win it’s too bad for them they didn’t get the 2 points so they could’ve at least had home ice.

  4. blackhawkslove - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Chicago can beat any Pacific division winner. Id prefer if we play the Coyotes or Sharks (Sharks please) but it really doesnt matter. Plus we’ll have Toews finally back, and the way Chicago has been playing without him has been stellar.

    Jimmy Howard just got front row seats to the Patrick Kane show.

  5. hockinj25 - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    What did Detroit ever do to Chicago that they had to try to win in OT/SO?

    • fourfeatherfury - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      They continue to exist in this universe… That should be cause enough to hand them some road woes. Enjoy the playoffs!

  6. pshanks62 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Oh no the red wings have to, at a minimum, win 1 of 4 games on the road against. Nashville…really worried…

  7. comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    By the way, how awesome was the season series between these two? Six great games, back and forth, and despite being one of THE rivalries in the NHL, no needless garbage after every whistle. (Hello, STL and VAN)

    So much fun to watch.

  8. knowaczark - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Red Wings vs. Preds will be an awesome series. The winner could make it to the SC finals.

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