King Who? Chicago Blackhawks Await Lord Stanley’s Return After 49 Years

June 1st, 2010 by Brian Mosgaller Leave a reply »

In most any other city, the prospect of LeBron James landing in town would dominate the sports headlines and transfix the fan base like a mass alien invasion in a Hollywood blockbuster.

In Chicago, however, it is not a king they are looking to raise in their arms in jubilation, but a Lord—or, I suppose, the Cup of one—they hope to hoist.

And with a 2-1 Game Two Chicago Blackhawks’ victory Monday night, which gave the ‘Hawks a 2-0 Stanley Cup Finals lead over the underdog Philadelphia Flyers, that potential spectacle was inched closer toward reality.

With just two more wins, the entire Windy City can consider itself a witness—to the franchise’s first title since 1961, and fourth overall since the team’s inception in 1926.

Despite the 2-0 series lead, though, Chicagoans should be (and likely are) proceeding with only cautious optimism.

Why, you ask?

Two reasons.  First, consider the opponent.

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