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Bulletin board fodder: Chicago media sounds off on Blackhawks' loss, Bishop's mystery injury (Also: more lame jabs at Florida)

Chicago Blackhawks fans' legendary warmth, good humor and sportsmanship are on display as they congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning on a hard-fought victory as Monday night's Game 3 winds to a close at the United Center. [Associated Press]
Chicago Blackhawks fans' legendary warmth, good humor and sportsmanship are on display as they congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning on a hard-fought victory as Monday night's Game 3 winds to a close at the United Center. [Associated Press]
Published Jun. 9, 2015

The storylines today in Chicago? Marian Hossa and Ben Bishop. (And some tired old jabs at the Lightning and its fanbase).

The morning after the Bolts beat the Blackhawks in a heart-pounding Game 3, media in the Windy City are haunted by Hossa's missed shot at an empty net in the first period. The final score ended up being 3-2.

Laments Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Sadly, Hossa missed a mid-period shot at a net that was so open it made a 7-Eleven store seem closed by comparison. Bishop had skated out of position, and the net gaped like an open garage. Hossa missed wide.

"Such is hockey, where the easy is never certain and the crazy has a chance."

Chris Sosa, of Red Eye: "Marian Hossa might never live this down."

Oh and count Telander among those not impressed by Ben Bishop's performance last night. The Lightning goalie appeared injured but hung in for three periods to get the win.

Most people have praised Bishop's performance, with the Chicago Tribune

Telander deemed the Bolts' coy responses to questions about Bishop's injury "annoying." At one point, Bishop was knocked upside the head in a collision with the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad. He lay flat on the ice for several seconds, clearly hurt.

Telander? Ehhhh, not so sure. He parenthetically asked if the Lightning goalie was just "faking" it, then wrote: "And who knows what Bishop has in store. He probably did get dazed on that rush by Saad, but maybe not. It was some sort of … well, something."

Also, FYI, Telander says Bolts fans are "carpetbaggers."

Okay.

In other news about horrible, played-out jokes, Sosa, of Red Eye took a passing dig at the Lightning fan base, too, writing that "there's a ton of electricity in the air whenever the Hawks are on home ice.

"It's a wonder the whole city doesn't shake from tremors caused by millions of fans cheering simultaneously (sorry, Tampa, but there aren't enough hockey fans in your city to make that happen)."

Next game, someone send Sosa a postcard from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Last (and probably least) in bulletin board material? Some folks in Chicago are bothered that Fox 13 reporter Charley Belcher put a Lightning pompom on a Blackhawks statue.

Ha!

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