Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) shakes hands with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) after game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
If your team is one of the 28 not playing in the Stanley Cup Final, you’re probably hoping the series goes to 7 games just to squeeze as out as much hockey as possible before the long, boring summer kicks in. We were all disappointed when the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in just 5 games after their 3 earlier playoff series went 7 games and the Final round was cut short. Summer just got 5 days longer.
Chicago Blackhawks fans can take a little comfort in the fact that they are a team very similar to the new Stanley Cup champions, and we have every reason to believe that we can reclaim the title next year. The Kings broke all kinds of records in the playoffs this season with comebacks and Game 7 road wins. LA should be proud of their team and bask in the first championship win on home ice in 7 years. Even in the 5th period of hockey, the players and fans had all the energy in the world to celebrate their victory.
But there are more records that can be broken by the next champions, and the Blackhawks are that kind of record-breaking team. Maybe coming off of our own championship last season makes this loss hurt a little less, and watching a recent Stanley Cup-winning team get it back makes us nod and smile when we think about the Blackhawks doing the same next year. But either way, we’re just as eager to start next season as are fans the other 29 teams.
How do you feel after winning the Stanley Cup last season and watching the LA Kings win year?