Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. That sentence will be written, uttered, cried, and shouted around the world over and over again, whether it be in disgust, anger, disappointment, or happiness. Nonetheless, it is true. Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, and Patrick Kane have led their team to the highest honor in hockey.
And boy, did it take a lot of work. A LOT. It wasn’t until 14:46 of the third period in game 6 that either team took a lead more than one goal. Of course, that team was the Blackhawks, and that goal was scored by Kane, who was named one of the three stars of the game for scoring a goal and getting an assist on the first goal.
The game 6 final score was 2-0. Immediately, the first impression that comes to mind on that score is the shutout by Crawford, the net-minder for the winners. He was outstanding throughout the series, especially during the last five minutes of the deciding game, in which Tampa Bay put piled on shot-after-shot in desperation.
Also, the score points to the defense of the Blackhawks. The defense, which included Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith, became known for their incredible endurance. The top four D-men played a ton of minutes throughout the playoffs, and they deserve just as much credit as Crawford.
But haven’t enough people written about that? Haven’t enough people talked about Toews, Kane, and Brandon Saad? Why don’t we just talk about the sheer accomplishment of winning the Stanley Cup.
Well over 2,000 players, coaches, and executives have their name on the beloved Cup. But it is one of the most coveted and hard-to-get trophies in the entire sports world, right up there with the World Cup. That is why these Blackhawks should be celebrated. They fought off the young, physical, and talented Lightning to won their third Cup in the last six years.
That is incredibly hard to do.
So before we get into the whirlwind of the offseason, where players will leave and media people will blab about whether they can win it again, we should be giving Chicago lots of props for winning it again.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said it best: “(Chicago), I’d say you have a dynasty!”
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Harrison Hamm