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Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Blackhawks 4 @ Coyotes 5 (SO) Game Recap

March 22, 2010

Note: First off, I’m sorry this is so late–I’d meant to write this one up on Sunday but after a pretty crazy work week I ended up spending most of Sunday asleep or anti-productive. Anyway, I’m sure by now you’ve had a million and one takes on the Phoenix game, so this is a different format that I’m testing.

Depending on your general outlook on life there are a few ways to cut and dice the game last Saturday night.


  • Losing two 2-goal leads is pretty brutal, especially if you consider how the Phoenix Coyotes are practically the cast of Major League. (Yeah, we’ll keep trumpeting this horn.)
  • Ilya Bryzgalov, towards the end of the 3rd, was having a fairly off night. Both goals by Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp were fairly soft. Despite this, the Blackhawks couldn’t muster up enough to overcome the Coyotes’ comeback.
  • The Blackhawks have never defeated the Coyotes this season, and we’re gonna meet them again tomorrow.
  • For a Best of the West showdown, because holy crap, the Coyotes have taken hold of the Pacific??
  • You can’t even dislike the Coyotes because they spent the summer not knowing whether they could stay in Phoenix or not.
  • And the last time a “Best of the West” statement game happened, it was between the Blackhawks and the Sharks, and was the only time the Sharks beat the Hawks.
  • FML, there’s barely anything left in this glass, is there?


  • The Blackhawks managed two 2-goal leads against a streaking Coyotes team (that’s good enough to usurp the Pacific Division title from the Sharks) with half of our defensive corps shelved?
  • Four different guys scored for us, one on the power play (woo!) and one more a dirty just-what-the-Hawks-need-more-of goal from Troy Brouwer crashing the net. More of these and we’ll start solving hot goalies more often.
  • Something’s gotta give, right? Eventually?
  • The Coyotes have won 9 games in a row, but 5 of the last 7 were won in the shootout. In that stretch, Phoenix faced 3 playoff teams and beat only 1 of them in regulation. Not to take away from what the team has done, I’m just saying.
  • The Blackhawks are still in the doldrums of the season and they’ve got their play against the LA Kings to hold onto as some sort of model for playing a perfect game.
  • The Blackhawks currently sit atop the Western Conference, tied in points but with 2 games in hand compared to the Phoenix Coyotes. That’s not so bad, is it?
One Comment leave one →
  1. March 22, 2010 8:25 PM

    Anyone who’s ever checked out knows how much luck is involved in the shootout. Like you said, not to take anything away from those wins, but the Hawks were a Radim Vrbata away from winning this game and that was without two of their most important players and with Brent Sopel getting first pairing minutes. I’ll take the half-full look.

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