Crazy as it sounds, if the Hawks can play that hard and fast every game going forward and they easily go on. Best game in the playoffs thus far. Not easy to flip the switch after coasting through the first round. Just an unfortunate loss made worse by the the loss at home, which was a legit stinker by them.
Still not sold on Crawford. They love him because of his size. I distrust him because of that third goal. That just cannot happen, and it happens too much with him. He didn't even have a bad game all things considered. But those kinds of goals eliminate good teams.
We've seen the best from both teams. The Hawks are simply better. Everyone knows that. Even when Detroit thinks they are taking away space, the Hawks can glide. They initiated most of the contact in that game. And then thoroughly went into goon mode which of course didn't help.
In my mind this comes down to goalies now. I mean the Hawks hit the post 3 times and had the bad disallowed goal, but Howard can outplay Crawford. And that can out-factor any theoretical goal difference, especially in the playoffs. And that is the playoff goalie thing at work.