Is it too early to say goodbye?
This was the best we’ve seen the Hawks play all series long, but again, things just won’t ever go their way.
The Hawks looked like they finally had it. The grit, the momentum, the unforgiving attitude we’ve seen in previous years when the brink of elimination was nye.
With their first two goals of the series from Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane, the Hawks took a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame, in what looked like a magical comeback. But, it seems that the hockey gods had something else in mind.
In the third period, Filip Forsberg was gifted. There’s no other explanation for what occurred to cause the Hawks to stifle and take their gripped two goal lead into the garbage disposal, but it happened, and that’s all that matters.
Forsberg was able to score a goal that flipped off of the glass behind Corey Crawford, getting his team within one goal, and then score another in the late stages of the period after a slight interference on Crawford that was ruled to be fair game.
Seemingly, sitting at the edge of the crease and being pushed to where making a save is limited is still a fair play.
After that, the momentum was gone, but the Hawks looked to overtime to find some magic and rewrite this script that was rudely interrupted.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The grit and pushback that Nashville carried was too much for the Hawks, as Kevin Fiala scored the game winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in the overtime period.
Ladies and gentleman, it’s over.
The team did all that they could to fight back and battle against the agitating power of the Preds, but couldn’t handle the fire. Not even Corey Crawford’s miraculous 46 save performance could save this team from extinction, as the Preds got the upper-hand.
With a 3-0 deficit and a never-ending revolving problem within the teams structure, there’s no way this team can reverse sweep and comeback.
It’s going to be a quick summer, but to be honest, we deserve every second of it.