Sometimes it’s good to be good, other times it’s good to be lucky. Right now, it appears the Hawks are both good and lucky.
On Saturday night, the Blackhawks blew a four-goal lead in Minnesota, eventually losing the game 6-5 in a shootout. While we don’t know yet the effect this loss will have on the confidence of the young Hawks, we do know that it won’t hurt them much in the Western Conference standings. Consider the following results from Saturday night action for the rest of the top teams in the West:
- Blackhawks - Lost 6-5 (SO) at MIN
- San Jose Sharks – Lost 4-1 at #8 DET
- Calgary Flames – Win 3-2 (SO) at #5 VAN
- Phoenix Coyotes – Lost 5-4 (SO) vs. NYI
- Vancouver Canucks – Lost 3-2 (SO) vs. #3 CGY
- Colorado Avalance – Win 4-3 (SO) at BUF
- Nashville Predators – Lost 3-2 vs. ANA
- Detroit Red Wings – Win 4-1 vs. #2 SJ
So on a night where the Hawks blew a huge lead, the one point the received in the standings actually extended their lead on San Jose for first in the conference and kept pace with everyone else in the conference’s playoff picture except Detroit, who added two points with a solid home win over the Sharks.
So, like the Beatles, the Hawks appear to be getting by with a little help from their friends on Saturday night.