Chicago Blackhawks Bring The Cup Back To Hawkeytown

June 10th, 2010 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
The journey from obscurity to ultimate victory ended last night for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 49 years of poor ownership, lack of funding, and a succession of failures, gone...

Welcome back to the promised land.

The Stanley Cup Finals between Chicago and the Philadelphia Flyers did not disappoint.  Just look at the television ratings (oh, they were only the highest rated finals in 36 years). That is a testament to the two fan bases driving home how badly they wanted the cup. Philly fans were hoping for an end to their own 34- (now 35) year drought, so it figured that the Flyer market had their eyes peeled for every game.

The series as a whole also proved that defense does not win championships, but timely defense never hurts. Take the third period of Game 6. The Blackhawks had a one-goal lead and eventually sat back in a defensive mode, which led to Scott Hartnell's game-tying goal.

With one minute and change left in the same period, Antti Niemi made the save of the game on Jeff Carter just in front of the goalie crease. He let one in for the tie, but not the game winner when it truly mattered.

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