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Standing In The Middle Of Nowhere, Wondering How To Begin: Blues 3 – Hawks 4 (OT)

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It’s about 10 hours later and I’m still not sure how to sum up what went on last night on Madison. It was about three games in one, much like Game 2 was. The swings in this series are about as violent as I can remember, not from game-to-game but within the games. It’s not just one team controlling play and then the other, but each team is taking turns absolutely throttling the other. Maybe that’s what you get when you have two fragile teams? And I can’t believe I’ve described the Hawks that way, but it certainly feels like that with the way they’re finishing periods.

So many strange things, topped with this felt like doom even though the first 38 minutes of this one were probably the best the Hawks have put together this series. It certainly was possession wise. The Hawks after one had a team Corsi % of 81%. Before things went stupid at the end of the second, the even-strength scoring chances were 7-1 for the Hawks. At 2-0 and rolling, they had this in their pocket (very strangely, they were doing this while getting crushed at the dot. And then when the Blues turned all this around in the 3rd, they were getting crushed at the dot).

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Beard Of The Day – April 24th – Jim Gaffigan

jim_gaffiganFeeling good after last night? I’m guessing Slak might not be. Regardless, the series is now tied up at two and we’re headed back down 55 for a game on Friday night. In the meantime though, we’re probably all in need of a little bit of lighter humor since these games have been just as stressful as we expected. Why not focus on a bit from Jim Gaffigan (born in Elgin!).

Gaffigan has made an entire career out of making fun of his own laziness and American dietary habits. Gaffigan is so astute that he was even able to correctly predict the future of Dunkin Donuts foods. In addition to his great stand up, Gaffigan has been damn near omnipresent in some of the best pop culture has to offer, having roles in everything from The Daily Show, Flight of the Conchords, and Super Troopers. Not bad for a good rustbelt kind of beard.