2010 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks Caving Under Weight of High Expectations

June 4th, 2010 by Bob Warja Leave a reply »
Sometimes it's good to be king. But as we're starting to see in this Stanley Cup Final series, sometimes it's too much hype to live up to.

When I wrote about the five reasons the Flyers could win this series, the one that stood out for me was the fact that the Flyers had nothing to lose, while the Hawks were expected to win.

Anything short of a Stanley Cup this season will be a severe disappointment and a miserable failure for the Hawks.

But if the Flyers lose, they will be lauded for overcoming the odds just to get there.

When Joel Quenneville and the Hawks were caught with their pants down on the winning goal in overtime Wednesday, it was like giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dying man.

Almost immediately, you could see the pressure mounting on the favored Hawks, while the Flyers were like sharks smelling blood in the water.

Allowing the Flyers back into the series only served to remind the Flyers of what they had done almost all season long.

Which is to overcome the odds.

Sure, the Hawks may have the better team on paper, although it sure isn't evident in this series thus fa ...

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