Lets flashback to the morning of April 18, 2011 for a moment. The night before the Blackhawks lost to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2, at the Untied Center, and fell behind 3-0 in their best of seven series. I wrote an article that morning begging the Blackhawks to go out like champions. I pleaded for them to go down fighting and leave it all on the ice. The Blackhawks blew out the Canucks in Games 4 and 5 and won Game 6 in overtime to force a Game 7 back in Vancouver. The Hawks went down fighting until the very end of Game 7. Even thought the Hawks lost the series they made me proud by the way the never gave up.
Now flash forward to this past Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Kings blew out the New Jersey Devils 4-0 to take a three games to none stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final. The next morning everyone had the names of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick already engraved on the the greatest trophy in sports. The series was over and the Kings were already crowned champions of the hockey world. I am sure every Devils fan begged for their team to go out with some heart, the same way I pleaded with the Blackhawks last season. The Devils responded with hard fought 3-1 victory in Game 4. Last night the Devils handed the Kings their first road loss of these playoffs to extend this series to Game 6. The Devils have a pulse and have taken all to momentum away from the Kings. The odds and history are still in the Kings favor and they will most likely still win the Cup. Win or lose, the Devils are showing heart and are making their fans proud, which in the end is the most important part of sports, being proud of your favorite team!