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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Giving Thanks For The Blackhawks

By Colin Likas
Rocky Wirtz, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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John Aubert

Question 1: For me, it’s the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. If that series went to seven games, the ’Hawks may not have won. Boston was creeping back and looked like the better team in that Game 6.

However, when Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland both scored in 17 seconds to win the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup, a huge weight was lifted. Now, if it hadn’t been for a few bad calls in 2014, the ’Hawks would’ve had a Stanley Cup title for three years in a row. However, with that said, it was by far my favorite moment.

Question 2: Stan Bowman. Yes, he’s made some questionable decisions at the trade deadline that gave away young prospects who would’ve been fantastic in the lineup in the future, but you have to give it to the guy.

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Without him, the Blackhawks wouldn’t have been close to winning a few championships. His insane brainpower that enables to ’Hawks to escape nearly every salary cap crunch has lifted this team to greater heights, and I’m thankful for that.

Kirk Bennett

Question 1: The one picture that is forever etched in my mind comes from the 2013 Western Conference semifinals. It is that of Brent Seabrook looking to the sky after scoring the OT winner in Game 7 to eliminate the longtime rival Detroit Red Wings.

The ’Hawks rode that momentum right into the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins, when there was more magic to come in the form of the now famous back-to-back goals, 17 seconds apart by Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland. That paved the way for ’Hawks to win their second Stanley Cup in three years, but it was that sweet comeback win against Wings that I savor the most.

Question 2: It’s pretty much impossible for me to pinpoint just one person in the organization that I am most thankful for, but I’ve always thought that Duncan Keith is the one player who makes this team go. Duncs has been so good for so long that he is often taken for granted by fans, but I very much doubt they win a single Stanley Cup without him in the lineup.

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