The moment we all thought would happen last spring and seemed to slip through the Chicago Blackhawks fingers or off Nick Leddy’s jersey is now upon us in of all places Tampa Bay Florida.
The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to win their third Stanley Cup in 6 seasons after getting delayed in their quest for a third Cup last spring. The Chicago Blackhawks never seem to make it easy on themselves which was evident with their 3-2 hole they dug against the Ducks in the Western Conference Finals before storming back to take the series in 7 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to become a special team, a legendary team as the Stanley Cup Final trailer suggests. The Blackhawks have won 2 Cups already and this year their will to win, or Heart of a Champion has never seemed to be any stronger than this playoff season with the Blackhawks basically playing 4 defenseman at times.
They went through Corey Crawford struggles in the opening series and rallied behind Scott Darling. They weren’t scoring goals and now all of sudden goals are being scored in bunches. They have had high’s and lows in these playoffs and are now back where they want to be chasing down another Cup and some more history.
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It’s crazy to think that in my lifetime before 2010, the Hawks had made only 1 Stanley Cup Final even though they made the playoffs every year of my youth with some exciting teams that featured Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Doug Wilson, Al Secord yet they never could break through. When the Hawks did break through in 1992 with Jeremy Roenick, they got swept out of the Finals by Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. So this run is really special and this core is so strong willed, but never take this ride for granted you never know when it will be over!
The Tampa Lightning are like the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 and 2010. They are very young and talented and are just trying to crash the party. The question is will the Chicago Blackhawks experience be enough to handle the young, brash play of the Tampa youngsters.
Here is the viewing information for tonight’s Stanley Cup Game #1
Game Time: 7:00Pm (Puck Drop closer to 7:20pm)
TV Listings: NBC, CBC
Radio Listings: WGN Radio
Live Streaming: NBC Live Extra
Radio Streaming: WGN Radio App
How will you be watching Game #1 from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay tonight? I can’t wait!!!
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