So, let's see. The stars are playing like stars, the special teams are clicking and Crawford is making the home fans chant his name.
Yes, it's May in Chicago.
This game also highlighted the contributions of familiar playoff heroes such as Bickell, who had two goals -- including an empty-netter -- and Hossa, not to mention Smith, who's centering the Flyin' Patrick Line. Smith's a guy we'll be talking about for the rest of this run because he's going to get plenty of opportunities to make a difference.
"He wants to do good, he's a hard-working kid," Kane said of Smith. "Probably one of the hardest workers on the team. It's nice to see him get rewarded with some ice time and opportunity."
In summation: If you're one of approximately 600 people in this city without an official Blackhawks jersey, it's probably time to snag one (maybe a Smith?) and jump on the bandwagon. Because it's going to be a long postseason.
While the Bulls hit the beach and the Cubs and White Sox battle over the (Your Sponsor Here) Crosstown Cup next week, it's a Blackhawks spring once again. (Except for Thursday and Friday, when Da Bears Draft takes over.)
We've got the playoff hockey, now all we need is some playoff weather. Can someone tell Kane to make it not rain?