After 49 LONG years, the Stanley Cup has FINALLY come back to Chicago!
An exciting game which Philadelphia managed to take to overtime despite being outshot 41-24 was ended somewhat anti-climatically when a Patrick Kane shot was lost in Michael Leighton's equipment. It was, however a goal, and turned out to be the Stanley Cup winning that would put the season in the books and finally return the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks after the longest cup drought in NHL history.
There will be plenty of post-game analysis, post-mortems, celebrations and aggravations, and TCL will have them all for you right here in the coming days, weeks, and months heading into the 2010-11 season!
The Stanley Cup has arrived in Philadelphia for game six tonight. However, it is the Chicago Blackhawks that have the opportunity to win it in front of the sea of orange. After a 7-4 pounding of the Flyers in game 5, Chicago hopes to avoid a game seven and win Lord Stanley tonight.
Regardless of who the better team is, Chicago is going to have a tough time against Philadelphia tonight. Even with the goaltender situation in Philly, the Flyers will be all over Niemi and the Blackhawks.
With their backs against the wall in front of their home crowd, there is no reason Philadelphia shouldn't win tonight's game. The Flyers will be desperate, and if they want tonight's game more than Chicago...
Sportscasters and hockey fans alike have wondered the same thing throughout the Stanley Cup Final round: would the real Chicago Blackhawks please stand up?
We've already seen the first four games, and the closest we've seen to "Blackhawks hockey" was game 2, a solid battle by both sides that was a tight 2-1 win at the UC and went scoreless for nearly two full periods before Marian hossa put the first one home.
After Chicago headed to Philadelphia with a 2-0 lead and then headed home with the series tied 2-2, the sports media shifted their focus heavily to the Philadelphia Flyers. After Chris Pronger's attitude and antics, the series was clearly being painted as the Chicago "good guys"...
Unlike regular reason hockey, if a Stanley Cup Final (or playoffs) game goes into overtime, overtime consists of a full 20-minute sudden-death period. It makes for THE most exciting, heart-stopping wins in sports; who can score first?
In Game 3 in Philadelphia, the Flyers won their first game of the series, 4-3, in OT.
The game started off solid, with the Hawks looking sharp and clean, playing their kind of hockey: fast. They looked really good for the first ten minutes or so; they had some solid shots on goal, including one by Kane that managed to clang off the post.
Then the Flyers started turning up the physicality, and unfortunately the Blackhawks responded in the wrong way, r...
Game 1 felt more like going to a basketball game and having a hockey game break out.
Not surprisingly, in Game 2, it was like watching a defense clinic for the first period. The Hawks took 9 SOG; the Flyers took only 3. Period turned into a goalie clinic as the defense lightened up a little and offense finally surged; SOGs went 13 for Chicago, 15 Philadelphia.
How fitting that the first person to score - 17:09 into the second period - would be Marian Hossa.
Although Hossa described his goal as a "garbage goal", the joy and relief at having finally scored again in the playoffs was written large across his face in the moment. His teammates were happy and the fans were ecstatic.
When the nearly-full moon rose above Lake Michigan late on Saturday evening, it was Blackhawks-red. Even the skies above were celebrating the Blackhawks' wild win over the Flyers that night at the United Center.
The 2009-2010 NHL season is going to be memorable for a lot of reasons - and perhaps most of all for the playoffs.
There has been a lot of talk on both sides of the ice of both Chicago and Philadelphia being "teams of destiny".
Chicago, an "Original Six" team, currently holds the longest Stanley Cup drought in history - 49 years. In fact, they've been waiting to hoist another Cup longer than the Flyers have been in existance (1967). The Blackhawks last won a Cup when the li...
Game 4 of the Blackhawks vs Sharks game was incredible on so many levels, the best of which was that the game sealed the deal - with a sweep, no less - that would send the Hawks to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1992. The youngest of the Blackhawks stars, Patrick Kane, wasn't even in kindergarden yet the last time that the Hawks got a good look at the spotlight.
As a long-time fan (11 years and counting) of the Blackhawks, I felt fortunate to go to a decent amount of games this year, especially during the playoffs. Round 3, Game 4, is a game that will remain in my memory a long, long time.
Going into the game, everybody seemed to feel the Blackhawks would sweep the Sh...
The questions loomed large again on Friday night: Could the Blackhawks play the same game at home that they have been playing so great on the road? Could they stretch the 2-0 lead into 3-0? How much of a factor would the UC home crowd be? Could the Sharks come up with a win to put themselves back into the running?
No matter what happens in this series, this much is true: the San Jose Sharks have not choked. Any writers suggesting otherwise clearly hasn't been watching this series. No - in fact, the San Jose Sharks have given the Hawks a serious battle throughout the series, and games 1 and 3 certainly could've gone either way - if it wasn't for a rookie goaltender from Finland who has sh...