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04-13-2012, 05:58 PM
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I was pretty amazed at the ratio of Yotes to Blackhawks fans last night. I agree with 90/10. I thought it would be different, because it was a lower ratio during the regular season Chicago games.

There are a few areas in the arena that seemed to get a concentration of Hawks fans -- I think they were mostly the seats that Yotes fans don't buy. Like, some glass seats, and the lower level area behind where the Yotes shoot once during regulation. The upper deck was even less than 90/10, I would estimate.

(As an aside, one irony of having the largest group of Blackhawks fans behind the visitor's goal is that was where the winning goal was scored, so they were the first to know. I guess I haven't paid enough attention, but when did they change the rule that you alternate goals in OT? I thought it used to stay third-period set up for all overtimes.)

Anyway, after the last two years of Red Wings, it was just such a pleasure to be at that game last night. From the crowd singing the Anthem (a neat unintended tradition that started with a battery failure!), to being unable to hear the pregame production, to never being able to hear the goal horn. Although, on the first two goals, the horn went late because the light was slow and the puck was in and out of the net so fast.

There's really nothing in sports like a home overtime playoff win for your favorite team. While I would have preferred to have seen the last 14 seconds just go by without a Hawks' goal, that's only the second time I've ever seen that, and I've seen a lot of hockey. (The first was in 1986 and the guy who scored it coaches the Panthers -- time flies.)

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