After what happened Sunday night at the United Center, you've got to wonder if it would be better for the Hawks to face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs than Vancouver.
The Canucks can be a physical, nasty team with a more complete defense than Calgary, a more intimidating goalie in Roberto Luongo and a more dangerous top line with the Sedins and Alex Burrows.
The Hawks failed to show up Sunday in their 4-0 loss in what was supposed to be a big game for them. That was a pathetic 5-on-3 in the first period when they could have tied the game, and there was more sloppy defensive play from Campbell, Keith and Seabrook on Vancouver's first two goals.
As for the fight in the third period? A stupid goalie interference penalty by Byfuglien started it all and Burish didn't help matters by trying to take on every Canuck on the ice. Thanks to them, the Hawks were short-handed for six minutes with 14 still to play in a 3-0 game that wasn't over until then.
Maybe referees Paul Devorski and Mike Hassenfratz didn't do the greatest job sorting things out - they missed Keith getting his hair pulled by Burrows - but the Hawks made their own bed in this one.