The day has come.
Since January 19th, the Chicago Blackhawks have worked toward one goal: winning the Stanley Cup. Tonight, they can do just that. Effort, determination, talent: all are qualities shared by the players of this hockey club. All have been provided during the course of this season, and they will have to be for at least one more game.
Jun 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate after game five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. The Blackhawks won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
It can get lost in translation, but every year teams suit up, they work toward the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup, one that the Blackhawks have before them tonight. They started off the season well, and can finish just as well. It’s time to put the period on this story that has been so historically written over the past six months.
There are many stats that the Blackhawks tore up, threw out, and re-wrote during this season. Besides going 24 games without a regulation loss, they became the first team in NHL history to win a Game Five after being shutout in Game Four to lead a series 3-1, and they came back to beat Detroit and win the series. They can be one of the few teams in history that ran wire-to-wire, as the best team in the NHL.
It’s time to see what the Blackhawks are made of. Many teams have came this far to lose their chance, and the Blackhawks cannot do that now. They are favored by many, but that doesn’t mean it will be a free ride. Boston will come out firing tonight, they have nothing to lose. Home crowd is against them, and the city of Boston will give everything they have for their Bruins, just as the city of Chicago would for their Blackhawks.
Tonight, it’s rest-when-you’re-dead, no-limits hockey. Anything can happen on the sport’s biggest stage, and the Blackhawks need to be prepared for that. They have been the team to beat all season, and tonight is no different. They can go out as Stanley Cup Champions tonight. There is no bigger accomplishment than that.
It doesn’t have to be pretty. Patrick Kane’s cup-winning goal wasn’t a thing of beauty, but it brought Lord Stanley back to the streets of Chicago, and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.
Go get ’em boys.
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