By Doug Halberstadt
Disappointment doesn’t seem like a strong enough word to describe the feeling I have following the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 game seven loss to the Los Angeles Kings in overtime Sunday night, June 1. Then, after assessing my feelings and watching the ’Hawks go through the traditional post-series handshake line, I realized my feelings must pale in comparison to those of the ’Hawks.
I can’t begin to imagine the amount of heartbreak those guys and their families must experience losing a hard-fought series like they played. The word the announcers used was “inconsolable.” A season of endless hours of hard work comes up a single goal short of advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s unimaginable the amount of “What ifs” … that must be racing through each of the Blackhawks’ minds.
The Los Angeles Kings will face the New York Rangers in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, Wednesday, June 4, in L.A. Following the Sunday night ’Hawks loss, my wife witnessed my disappointment and asked me if I planned on watching the Kings/Rangers series. I said I would, but you can be assured it won’t be with the same fervent passion I would have had if it were a Chicago/New York series.
Based on something I heard one of the Kings say following their win against the ’Hawks, I’m going to take L.A. in the Stanley Cup Finals. He said his team thought of themselves as cockroaches; they simply refuse to die. It’s hard to argue with that after seeing them come back repeatedly against Chicago.
I won’t be rooting for either team, but I predict the “Cockroaches” (Kings) will win the series in five games and reclaim the Stanley Cup.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the June 4-10, 2014, issue