The haphazard season that was the Chicago Blackhawks’ came to an end last night in Game 6 against the Phoenix Coyotes in a devastating 4-0 loss. Despite the rallying sounds of “Chelsea Dagger“, the Blackhawks could not hold their own against the Desert Dogs, who advance past the first round for the first time. In 8 post season appearances, this is the first time the team has made it past the quarter finals.
All in all this was probably my least favorite hockey series (I’m not counting the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series, since that was not hockey), too much drama and focus on revenge and suspensions. No one will ever forget the hit by Raffi Torres on Marian Hossa and everyone will forget how night after night, Mike Smith proved his worth.
While the many series were offensive heavy or defensively heavy, the Coyotes were a team that had unbelievable strength in every aspect of the game. Pinpointing the Blackhawks weaknesses (the 3rd period and Cory Crawford in OT) and exploited them, the Coyotes are unsurprisingly the ones walking away victorious from this round.
I am very disappointed to see the Coyotes advance, not because I am a Blackhawks fan, but rather against all things Shane Doan. That being said, you cannot discredit the skills and talent the Coyotes have, despite losing one of their clutch goal scorers to suspension.
In the semi-finals, the Coyotes will face the Nashville Predators.