For the last several years I have lived out of the state of Illinois. It has not been easy to make a weekend Blackhawks game, as fate would have it I got back to Illinois this season. I was lucky enough to attend Stadium Series game on March 1st, but I hadn’t been back to the United Center since the 2010-11 seasons.
I was super excited to attend the game on March 21st 2014. The first 10,000 people received University of Phoenix Blackhawks Binders.I purchased a 1926 Blackhawks hat. My view was obstructed when I bought I said 1928 much to dismay of the Vendor. She proceeded to take shots me about my Blackhawks knowledge. I think had to give her some knowledge on Jeremy Morin and Teuvo Teravainen.
I sat in Section 327 Row 12 and Seat 16. It was just left of the Hurricanes net on the opposite side of the American flag. The atmosphere was just like I remembered it. The fans were excited. As the Anthem played, the fans began to roar and the United Center nearly exploded.
The Blackhawks came out with some energy to start the first period but there was no score. The Blackhawks were dominating the shots against, outshooting the Hurricanes 11 to 4. There was no score. During the first intermission they had youth hockey players participate in a relay race. The youth hockey players had to skate around a cone, dive under a bar, and then a hurdle a bar. The Red team would come back on the White team to win. The goalies were the best trying to hurdle the last bar. It was quite fun.
In the second period we finally saw some scoring. Patrick Sharp was left open at center ice and raced in to beat Anton Khudobin for the first goal of the game. Sharp celebration was a little fist pump. After the Sharp goal, the penalty barrage started. For the Blackhawks Johnny Oduya went to the box once and Jonathan Toews went to the box twice. The United Center faithful including myself let the officials know how they felt with a smattering of boos. During the period I had to educate some Blackhawks fans on Teuvo Teravainen contract status with the Blackhawks.
Late in the second period, Kris Versteeg was setup by Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook for the second goal of the game. I cheered even louder on the second goal as Chelsea’s dagger played. The penalties on the Blackhawks helped the Hurricanes get back into game. Corey Crawford was very good in the second period fending off shot after shot. Alexander Semin would put the Canes on the board. There was a angst as the second period ended with the Blackhawks only leading by one goal.
The second period intermission was shoot the puck. The standard kid, regular guy, women in heels and tight pants, and the celebrity Iron Chef Morimoto were the shooters. The Iron Chef can get the fans fired up and I loved his jersey.
The third period was filled with more penalties. Duncan Keith went to the box once and Michal Handzus spent four minutes in the box. Their some comments about Handzus is a bum and needs to retire in my section. The Canes Semin scored another goal to tie the game. The tie did not last long. Toews would score the game winner shorthanded and unassisted late in the third period. We would sing along to the Dagger after the win was in the books.
While walking out of the United Center, I came across a street vendor selling a Indian head t-shirt in green with the Ireland flag colors. Naturally I purchased one to wear. In the six Blackhawks game I have attended my record stands at 6-0-1. The one was a tie back in the early 2000’s.
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