Wednesday’s game showcasing the top two teams in the NHL –the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks who both remain on fire this season– was hands down the most highly anticipated game thus season. Fans in attendance and people who tuned in were left salivating over when the next game between these two clubs would be.
As a Ducks’ fan, this game was more momentous than any matchup against the defending Stanley Cup Champions –the Los Angeles Kings. If it weren’t for the Hawks’ point streak, the Ducks would be in the spotlight for the majority of the season. Of course, even as Anaheim continues on this unforeseeable path, Chicago –a team from the Midwest, but in the Western Conference and part of the Original Six– will always get more publicity than a non-hockey city that was made after a Disney movie.
Despite the above statement continuously being the case, I have a solid feeling that the Ducks’ triumph over the Blackhawks will defy that notion. Wait, I almost forgot some vital information. The Ducks accomplished this feat without their flashy forward Corey Perry who was suspended four games after a late hit he laid on Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild.
Let me reiterate … without Perry!
Just imagine what could’ve been the outcome of the game if Perry was in attendance. Unfortunately for Anaheim, their bragging rights may be short lived. The team faces off with Chicago soon and this time on the road on Mar. 29. You can bet your life on it that the Blackhawks will make life hell for the Ducks if they want to beat them in front of their home crowd. I easily predict another high-tempo, emotions running high, playoff type of game.
As of now, if there was any question on who is currently the best team in the league, the Ducks answered it. We will reanalyze things again in as short as nine days.