You can’t win ‘em all, unless you’re Chicago and you’re playing Minnesota.
Robert Tychkowski is the Edmonton Oilers beat writer and a columnist for the Edmonton Sun - responsible for day-to-day coverage of the Edmonton Oilers and their National Hockey League opponents at home and on the road. He's been with the Sun since 1989 and has covered every sports beat in the city, attending six Grey Cups while covering the Edmonton Eskimos and the CFL. Born and raised in Alberta, he's been of the lead writers on all the major sporting events in Edmonton over the last two decades, including the Edmonton Indy, World Track and Field Championships, World Figure Skating Championships and The Brier. In the summer he's covered four majors golf championships, The Masters, US Open, PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup. He is a graduate of the MacEwan Journalism program in Edmonton.
The Minnesota Wild are the team that’s one game away from elimination, but the Chicago Blackhawks are the nervous ones.
Never mind Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2015 was all about Sinko da Minny.
Asking the Minnesota Wild if they have any emotional baggage to deal with when they play at the United Center is getting to be like asking cows if they’re uncomfortable in a slaughterhouse.
The Minnesota Wild rolled into the United Center Friday night did exactly what they said they would do: Prove to Chicago they are a better team than the one the Blackhawks eliminated in 2013 and 2014.
The Minnesota Wild will either have their vengeance ... or they will have to start calling the Chicago Blackhawks “Daddy.”
The Nashville Predators might not survive the first round of the playoffs -- having to stave off elimination three straight times against the Chicago Blackhawks is nobody’s version of a safe place -- but there was no way in hell they were going to die at home.
If the Nashville Predators don’t survive the first round of the playoffs, which will probably be the case given that their condition has been downgraded from “critical” to “call a priest” after Tuesday’s triple-overtime loss to Chicago, it’s going to haunt them for a long time.
It’s hard to imagine that the Chicago Blackhawks, or anybody else for that matter, thought the Nashville Predators would be this tough an out without Shea Weber and Mike Fisher in their lineup.
They blew a 3-0 lead and lost Game 1 at home.
Scott Darling just turned in one of the best and most clutch goaltending performances in Chicago Blackhawks playoff history, but all his 67-minute, 42 save effort earned him is a pat on the back and a seat on the pine.
The Chicago Blackhawks fell behind 3-0 and had their starting goalie chased after the first period.
BLACKHAWKS VS. PREDATORS
The Los Angeles Kings wanted a win to keep their playoff hopes on track, the Edmonton Oilers wanted it more for Richard Bachman.
For the ninth straight year, you can’t spell spoiler without Oiler.
Tank Wars? What Tank Wars?
You know the old expression cold hands, warm heart?
The battle continues.
There were times in the last 18 months when Nail Yakupov didn’t even want to come to the rink.