Authors note: I have written for Game Time the paper two times this year. Both times the Blues won. I'm not saying that I'm good luck, I'm just praying that the fact above isn't a strange coincidence and I can help the Blues on to a much needed Victory. Enjoy
Oh what a ride it's been.
We have seen just about everything happen in this series. Suspensions, goals, overtime, nut-grabbing coaches, more overtime, Blues scoring, Blackhawks scoring, and even more overtime. These Six games have been pretty crazy for both of these teams. Not to mention this series has wrecked havoc on my heart. The Blues came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, winning the first two games in OT. They clawed there way back in both, with thrilling performances by both goaltenders, in a series that was bound for 6 or 7 games. If you would've told me before the series, that we'd be heading to a 6th game staring elimination in the face, I wouldn't say it was ideal. Because it isn't. But things could be worse right now.
We could've been swept. I don't know what I would do with my life if our season would've ended at the beginning of this week in Chicago. it would be terribly difficult to get out of bed in the morning, the sun wouldn't be shining nearly as bright, and the Blue note that has donned my clothes for the last few weeks wouldn't be nearly as Blue as I usually see it through my eyes.
This series has brought out the worst in some people, both sets of fans have been virtually at each others throats from the moment we found out we were playing the Hawks. We always knew this series would be tough. It was taken to new heights when Brent Seabrook took out our captain, our leader, our puppy-saving American, David Backes. It put a bad taste in my mouth after winning game 2. "Will he be alright?" I worried for practically 24 hours before I could think about other things, and how great it was that the Blues had won an exciting game of hockey. I was worried for his health, after all he is human, he does have a family. I've become so invested in the Blues that I worry about them as if they were my own children. I was afraid that Backes could be out for the rest of the playoffs, possibly much longer. He did not look like a man who knew he was the Captain of the St. Louis Blues after getting up from that, now infamous, hit.
This series has given me plenty of positives and more than enough reasons to stay positive. Ryan Miller has, for the most part, played like the Ryan Miller we traded for. The softie he gave up in game 3 wasn't ideal, but it happens to everyone. In my opinion, its Corey Crawford's turn for a bad game. The Blues have actually started scoring goals in this series, compared to the last 6 games of he season. The offense hasn't been firing on all cylinders for 60 minutes, but we've seen moments of pure brilliance, especially from Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. It wouldn't be as much fun if the Blues had to make it easy, right?
I'm not a predictions guy, I never have been, and never will be. But. I do cling onto this thought with all my might right now. The Blues aren't going to lose this series in 6 games. We are better than that, we are too hungry, 6 playoff games isn't enough for us. Sure, at times, we haven't looked like a team that is on the road to the Stanley Cup Finals, but the season isn't over yet. To use possibly the most cliche phrase ever, "It's not over until the fat lady sings." We have at least one more game to play, in the United Center, a place we have won before. We can do it, I probably have more faith in this team than I should. No one said the Road to he Stanley Cup as easy. If it was easy the NHL playoffs wouldn't be near as exciting as they are.
I for one, and staying positive, or at least, trying to. The Blues are still playing hockey, and that's great. They have a chance to play even more hockey. So, if you would like to join the Faith train with me, please do. We have plenty of room, and invite your friends. I still believe, even though the last three games haven't ended the way we wanted them to. Don't count us out yet, we'll fight until the end. In closing I just want to reiterate the Jumbotron sign from game 5's issue of Game Time the paper. "We Want More Blues Games."