First and foremost I’d like to say thank you to The Majors Detroit Facebook page follow Boris Pan for passing this one along to us. Second I would also like to say that this story has become a pretty big one as it made it’s rounds on local media as the Wings now have a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 tonight.
Now the story in question here is a piece (of something) written by Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune entitled Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry fades: Red Wings don’t belong in the same rink as the Hawks.
Ok, if that’s what Chicago fans want to think fine… but at least back it up if you can which McNeil does a pathetic attempt in doing.
Here we go with his second gem of the article:
The hammer and the nail have no rivalry. The nail may not like the hammer, but it’s disdain for it does not constitute a rivalry because the hammer barely acknowledges the nail’s existence.
The first thing I’d like to point out from that sentence is if you’re writing about it like this there’s a good chance the rivalry is still pretty strong. Not to mention that Chicago just got good a few years ago. Metro Detroiters may not realize this but during the Chickenhawk days of the late 90’s and most of the 2000’s thee hockey team of the Windy City was the Chicago Wolves of the AHL who often outdrew the Blackhawks when it came to attendance. Red Wings blog Nightmare on Helm Street also points out that the last time the Blackhawks beat the Wings in playoffs was all the way back in 1992 which was Nicklas Lidstrom’s second year in the league. I believe I was in second grade too.
Annnnd McNeil continues with this:
The Blackhawks are too fast for Detroit. They’re too deep. The Hawks are much more experienced, especially at the blue line. They’re too well conditioned.
Chicago is too everything for a Wings team that appeared out of gas after going a full seven games against Anaheim in the first round…
Enjoy these not-so-spicy Wings, who are nothing more than an annoying impediment that won’t take long to remove.
It seems like this whole article could be the punchline to those awkward moment phrases but I’m getting away from myself.
But what that statement seems to indicate is how one dimensional this particular Chicago writer is. Yeah the Wings just finished a long seven game series against the Ducks and probably were gassed in Game 1. However that certainly didn’t show against the power house Blackhawks until the third period when they finally gained some distance on the score sheet. Let’s also not forget that Game 1 took place at the United Center after the Blackhawks had days to prepare given their early disposal of the Minnesota Wild in five games.
I’d like to say that final statement by McNeil was bold, but it just seems dumb. McNeil’s article also make the Blackhawks look like that guy who didn’t get laid for years then all of a sudden discovered hookers and now think they’re a sexual god.
We’ll also see just how much you’ll be missing the Red Wings next season when the Blackhawks are right in the middle of those huge rivalry games against the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild.
h/t: Nightmare on Helm Street, Kuklas Korner