For starters, Chicago is my west conf favorite team and my original post/thread was made on April 19th after watching them squeak by a depleted Nashville team in OT. I never said they sucked. I said they weren't that good.
HAving Ray Emery in net is pretty much all that needs to be said to justify that comment.
At that point they were being touted as "unbeatable" and a lock to win the cup. Being on the west coast and having to watch a lot more western conf games than most posters on here, it was more or less a statement that they were far from that.
Interestingly after my post they went on to lose 3 of the next 5, with the two wins coming against an already mailed in Calgary and Edmonton teams.
They didn't face Anaheim in the playoffs (btw they swept the Hawks during the season).
They didn't face Vancouver (their fiercest rival - 2 losses against them and one shootout OT win).
They faced Minnesota instead of Columbus (who would have given them a better series - as 4 of 5 games this season vs the jackets were one goal games, SO or OT)... and Bobrovsky was playing out of his mind.
They were lucky to squeak by Detroit in a game 7 OT thanks to typical NHL officiating... yes you can blame that series on the officials.
and they faced a highly over-rated "reigning" champion LA Queens - who followed up the short summer off in typical "Flyer" fashion.
They were they 17 seconds away from going to (and probably losing) a game 7 against a bunch of Boston pilons...
They're record will be inflated next year too. Not because they are unbeatable, but because they'll have the luxury of being in the weakest division in hockey, but you never know as they will have to face eastern conference teams. So i'm curious to see how that goes.
Congrats Chicago. Crow tastes really good.
But you enjoyed plenty of fortuitous bounce, more than most championship teams get.
I'm not the first and won't be the last to post a controversial comment or start a thread for the sake of discussion.
Last edited by marek
on Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.