As you know, we love the Blackhawks and the Penguins so we thought that it would be a fantastic idea to wear our Hawks gear to the game.
That probably wasn't such a hot idea.
We were boo-ed by children. And their parents told them to. We had grown men scream obscenities at us. Other Hawks fans fist-bumped us. It was an eye-opening experience.
It's kind of surprising the amount of hatred that Pens fans have for the Blackhawks. It felt like we were wearing Leafs jerseys.
The game had to be one of the funnest games we've been to this season besides the Rangers 8-2 win. There were almost-fights and Bob Between The Benches and an overtime domination by the Hawks.
When Kris Versteeg scored, Noodles was basically talking through the play. "Oh no watch out, is that Troy BrouweraaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhVERSTEEG!!!!" We're sure that fans around us were angry after that outburst.
After the game, Evgeniya and her sister joined us as we stood outside Gate Two and cheered for the Hawks when they were getting on the bus. Kris Versteeg waved at us and laughed. Cristobal Huet didn't know what to think. And Dustin Byfuglien kept giving Henrik "the eyes".
Our theory is that when a team is from the Western Conference, you're allowed to like them. We will always be Penguins fans but there will be that team that we like almost as much and will cheer for. Except when playing against the Pens.
And is it just us or is the booing of Marian Hossa ridiculous? He played with the Penguins for about three months. He said that he was thinking about staying with the Pens. That doesn't mean for reals. We don't hate him for leaving, he was a loaner and we knew it. And he got what was coming to him, watching the Cup raised twice after losing in the Finals. Twice. We don't boo because it's just stupid.
Now onto better things. Here are a few pictures that Evgeniya and her sister took during warm-ups.
(They're kind of blurry but they're still awesome.)
We had fun at this game despite a couple Pens fans being hostile assholes. But that's expected when you wear the opposing team's jersey. Maybe next time we'll start a rumble in D8.