I always walk away with a bitter taste in my mouth when the Chicago Blackhawks find the kind of miracle it takes to beat us on any given night.
Clearly my feelings are a product of the heavy rivalry–potentially the biggest in hockey?–and this games always has something on the line. Whether it’s regular season, pre-season, or post-season…a game against the Hawks always counts for pride. It counts for bragging rights. It counts for the controlling stake of the NHL’s Midwest region.
As I said, it hurts when we lose to the Hawks–as rare as it is.
It hurts even more when a former Red Wing is dealing the damage.
On Friday night, Tomas Kopecky came through for Chicago scoring 2 goals back to back, putting the final nails in the Wings’ coffin.
Kopecky, who won a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2008, left Hockeytown for the Windy City and has since added another ring to his collection.
Nothing hurts more than losing at the hand of a former comrade and friend, do not get me wrong. I have no hard feelings against Kopecky–he is a very promising young player. I just simply hate losing, especially to someone I used to watch score for US.
Without another game against the Blackhawks until January 22nd, Chicago has a full month to rub this one in.
And I don’t like it.
See you at the Joe Blackhawks.