Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Fan Gear

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Fan Gear

words_Nick Engvall

Last night the Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks delivered the victory that ended a 49 year absence of the Stanley Cup in the city of Chicago. Blackhawk fans and players past and present are likely still celebrating the victory that seemed to be their destiny this season.

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NHL: The Drought is Over in Chicago

words_Nick Engvall

For 49 years, the Stanley Cup has eluded the city of Chicago, but thanks to an overtime goal by wing-man Patrick Kane, the drought is finally over. Tears of joy from Blackhawks past and present flooded the Windy City last night after Kane put one past Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton. Although for a moment, it seemed Kane himself was the only person in the Wachovia Center that knew it went in the net. Despite the lack of light in the lamp, Kane’s celebration was too pure to leave any doubt that the Blackhawks had finally done it.

A Stanley Cup Championship is an emotional victory regardless of the circumstances, but for Chicago, there is more to it than many could imagine. Expectations for this young and talented team have been high since the beginning of the season, and in a city that loves hockey, that sometimes can be a heavier burden than hoisting the Stanley Cup above your head.

Tears from fans, current players, and legends of the Chicago Blackhawks history could have easily over flowed the Stanley Cup last night. From one of the greatest of all time, Bobby Hull, the last to win a Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks, watching from Chicago, to the last to feel the heavy burden of falling short of hoisting the Cup in 1992, long-time Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick, the emotions from players past proves the passion put in to Chicago Blackhawks history.

The Blackhawks didn’t win it easily, this year’s Cinderella story, the Philadelphia Flyers pushed the fairy tale story past midnight and into overtime. In the end, despite an incredible fight to bring them from one goal away from missing the playoffs, it wasn’t meant to be for the Flyers because this year the Stanley Cup was meant for the city of Chicago, the Blackhawks, and their fans.

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NHL: Blackhawks Have Stanley In Sight

words_Brandon Richard

As if Dorothy Gale herself were standing in the middle of the arena clicking her ruby red heels, the Chicago Blackhawks skated off the ice Sunday night with a 7-4 win, proving that there is indeed no place like home. After dropping the previous two games in Philadelphia, Chicago used the momentum provided by a raucous United Center Crowd to propel them to an offensive explosion.

Chicago lit the lamp early and often, racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. The first 12 minutes consisted of back and forth play between both teams, until defenseman Brent Seabrook put a Kris Versteeg pass in the back of the net to spark a scoring onslaught. Dave Bolland and Versteeg added goals in a 5:58 span to give Chicago a commanding lead. In response, Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Michael Leighton to give his team a spark.

Early in the second period, it looked like the Flyers were on there way of turning the assumed blowout into a competitive game. Just 32 seconds into the period, left winger Scott Hartnell found paydirt from a Danny Briere feed to cut the deficit to 3-1. Momentum quickly shifted back to Chicago when right winger Patrick Kane canceled the goal out with a score of his own. This exchange in goals would be a pattern on the night, occuring 3 more times before the final buzzer sounded.

Even with the dominant offensive performance by Chiacgo, the series is far from over. The Flyers, who erased a 3-0 series deficit to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, have proven to be an incredibly resilient team. On top of that, Chicago has yet to win in front of the hostile Wachovia Center crowd. Pieces of information that both teams are well aware of. “We just realize nothing is won yet,” said Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. “We need one more win to do it.” When asked about game 6 and a possible goal switch, Coach Laviolette said, “One thing I’ve learned along the way about the playoffs is one game is only one game. There’s usually not a carryover effect from game to game.”

The Blackhawks will have an extended wait for their first crack at the Stanley Cup. Game 6 will take place on Wednesday night. If they are successful, it’ll be the first Stanley Cup for Chicago in 49 years.

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