Did that really happen? Hawks win 7-5 and move on in the playoffs.

Can you really try to recap that game?  It's 4:30 in the morning and I'm going to at least give it some quick thoughts.  As some of you may know, I had to work tonight until well after the game was underway. I was out in Lake Forest, about 45 minutes away from my apartment, until 10:15.

I thought for a second about switching to WGN to listen to the radio but instead blasted Mastodon the entire way home, so fucking worth it.

I was able to get some sleep from about 11:00 to 1:00 when I thought the game would be replaying but it turned out I still had another half hour til the puck drop - probably the least successful attempt at sleep I've ever had.

Somehow though, I did manage to totally avoid any knowledge of the game so I was watching it for the first time.  It's insane to be so nervous and emotionally involved in a game that's already happened knowing that you can't change anything, especially since all of you were probably asleep/passed out already.  I knew that I didn't need to put on the Toews sweater to win the game but I did anyway.  I knew that I couldn't change anything but I still took my dog for a walk during both intermissions.

How many lead changes were there in this game?  5?  Could there have been a bigger roller coaster?  I thought for sure I was going to puke during several occasions.  The third period, exactly what you somehow have come to expect from this team - they're just never out of it in this postseason.  You can't seem to make them give up.

Could anyone imagine that the Hawks would give up 5 goals in this game and still win?  I wouldn't have put money on that - no matter what the odds.

Luongo with a .767 SV%?  He gave up 5 goals the entire series against the Blues - The Hawks put up 2 more on him in this game alone.

You can't even begin to describe how amazing it is for a Hawks fan to see Daydream Nation put up 6 points in this game.  Kane's hat trick?  I was trying to be respectful of my neighbors below me so I didn't yell but I did run up and down my hallway pumping my fist and jumping.  WOW.

What an incredible shot that was on the third and final goal - Seriously, we said it last recap but we're calling for a complete stop to any bitching about his play.  He'll take his hits, he's small so he'll fall but he's getting back up and he's still a threat to score.  A hat trick to clinch the Western Conference Semi-Finals?  What more could you ask from him?

Buff, Seabrook, Brouwer, VERSTEEG!, Campbell.. everyone had an amazing game.  At this point, bring on the Ducks, bring on the Wings, no one knows what will happen but we're going to give them one hell of a fucking series.