When you see ESPN analysts predictions, it is easy to see why they tweet certain things.
Last night after the Blackhawks goal was waved off, John Buccigross tweeted this:
He never bothered to mention the blown boarding call on Franzen that led directly to a Chicago goal.
Here are the ESPN staff predictions, guess you know why he’s cheering for Chicago.
As we all witness Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks are frustrated by the Red Wings. In thefinal moments of game 3, Andrew Shaw and his teammates came “unglued.”
This is what Sun-Times Columnist Rick Morrissy wrote:
The Hawks came unglued in the waning moments, with Andrew Shaw getting a game misconduct. Maybe he was upset about an earlier disallowed goal. Maybe he thinks the emotion will carry over to Game 4 and help the Hawks. But it didn’t look mature. It looked weak.
How can you not agree, the Blackhawks lost their goddamn mind last night. They were pissed about the goal that was called off and they were pissed that the great effort they gave early in the game didn’t seem to matter as the Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard turned away 39 of the 40 shots he faced.
Hawk fan can complain about the goal that was taken away, but they also need to realize they were given a gift goal when Franzen was boarded prior to the Patrick Kane goal. The bad calls have a way of evening themselves out.
Red Wing fans are funny, they love the hockey team but they never expect the team to ever go through a “reloading” process. It is safe to say there is no patience in Hockeytown.
Being one step removed from it, I think the future looks bright for the Red Wings. A team that lost Nick Lidstrom to retirement after last season is sure to take a step back, but what I am seeing is a good young core of players that in short order will compete for Stanley Cups.
Gustav Nyquist, Damien Brunner, Brendan Smith and Danny Dekeyser are all very good hockey players who will take this team over in a few years, right now they are making rookie mistakes and coming up big. That is why they call them “kids.” They are learning quickly and the fact that Nyquist (23) and Brunner (rookie) are coming up big in a tight playoff series should give Red Wings fans a reason for optimism.
All the complaining about barely making the playoffs is valid, but at some point the Red Wings had to infuse this team with young talent. Mistakes and tense moments are a part of playing kids, but you can’t have the good without the bad.
The current Red Wing team reminds me a lot of the young guys learning to win in the early 90’s. Talented, but young. Red Wing fans are just too use to winning, they seem to have forgotten how the process works. First you find talent, then you teach them how to win, there really aren’t any shortcuts to a Stanley Cup Championship.
If this year is a “rebuild” for the Wings, I’ll take it all day! Win or lose to Anaheim.