After Patrick Sharp's(notes) overtime goal put Chicago back into its series with Detroit, the United Center came together as one and belted out the Blackhawks current goal song, The Fratellis "Chelsea Dagger," which has likely been stuck in your head since Amstel Light started using the ditty in its commercials.
The song, chosen back in the preseason, took a while but has caught on with Blackhawks fans and has become instilled in the fabric of the Chicago hockey community according to the National Post:
"We noticed about two months into the season that people were doing their own dance to it," Blackhawks spokesman Pete Hassen told the newspaper. "And now you're seeing as the team is taking off, the song is really taking off."
The Blackhawks faithful are hoping that Sharp's overtime winner on Friday night is the first step in the direction of a comeback. Down 2-1 in the series, Chicago will possibly be without Martin Havlat(notes), who remains day-to-day after being knocked out by the highly debated hit from Niklas Kronwall(notes), as and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin(notes), who is ailing from a "lower-body" injury did not skate yesterday. Cristobal Huet(notes) could start in the goal for the first time since a 4-2 victory on April 11th against the Red Wings.
Since Friday, the Kronwall-Havlat incident has been the overwhelming topic of discussion in the series. The NHL did not even make a statement saying that he wouldn't be suspended for the hit and there's a desire for vengeance from Blackhawks fans. A commenter on Kuklas Korner posted a screen grab of the moment of impact, defending any argument for a suspension.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press took the temperature both sides after the Kronwall hit and while Brian Campbell(notes) predicted that every hit on Kronwall will be finished, the Blackhawks are in no position to get revenge through physical retaliation. A loss today and they head back to Joe Louis Arena with their season on the line. Chicago must be able to contain their desire for revenge on Kronwall, like the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to do in Game 5 after Alex Ovechkin's controversial hit on Sergei Gonchar(notes), and worry more about filling the net with pucks than teaching the Red Wings defenseman a lesson.
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