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Discuss: Patrick Kane leads Chicago to Stanley Cup finals

Jun 9, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings defended their 2012 Stanley Cup crown valiantly in the 2013 Western Conference finals, but the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks won it in the end. Patrick Kane‘s hat trick gave Chicago a 4-3 win in double OT, taking the series in five games.

What do you think?

  • Well, that was quite a way for Patrick Kane to really shed all the struggling talk. Can the Boston Bruins keep the crafty, offensively gifted winger under wraps?
  • Let’s extend that question further: can Boston curtail Chicago’s second-best offense after holding the Pittsburgh Penguins to an astounding two goals in four games? How would you use Boston’s best players, such as Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci?
  • Should the Kings be satisfied with the way they defended the title? If you were to change any of their moves or major decisions, what would they be?
  • Is it still too early to consider Corey Crawford legitimate? Perhaps last season’s rough ride was a mere bump in the road.
  • The Bruins and Blackhawks stared elimination in the eye in a serious way during the postseason. Will those experiences serve them well as the spotlight shines the brightest?
  • How would you rate a Chicago vs. Boston series, from an entertainment perspective?
  • OK, the obvious question: who do you expect to win? The Bruins will try to play the underdog card, but it will be pretty tough to hammer that point too hard after they dominated Pittsburgh.
  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Original Six final! This is going to be fantastic. Hoping for seven games.

    • leviramsey - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      It’s probably going to be the last Original Six final for a long time, what with the Blackhawks being the only Original Six team left in the West.

      Even if we assume that the Original Six teams are 50% more likely (being larger markets with established fanbases and strong home advantages) than expansion era teams to win their conferences, that still only gives the Original Six a 3 in 7 chance of winning the East and the Blackhawks a 3 in 31 chance in the West… so that’s 9 in 217 or on average an Original Six final every 24 years.

      Considering that for the 34 years since the last one, there were much better odds of an Original Six matchup (e.g. with Toronto in the West), that assumption might not even be valid (though the tendency for Original Six teams besides the Red Wings (and arguably the Habs) in that period to have owners who didn’t really care about winning perhaps affects that); this could be a twice-a-century sort of thing going forward.

      I’m going to savor this, not just because I’m a Bruins fan, but because I may not live to see another Original Six finals (I’m 31).

      Bruins in 7.

    • badintent - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      This is why the NHL should have Xed the regular season after the strike and gone straight to the playoffs !! No need for regular season, we already know the 10 teams that should be in the playoffs every year. Forgot the Canadian cities, Bettman know ratings, American rocks the ratings for TV ! Math Class dismissed.

      • supercoop8 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        No where in your post did you mention any math not to mention four Canadian teams made the playoffs. Finally, it is “forget.” English class dismissed.

      • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Yes , I really shouldn’t try to type and watch only American city NHL teams play hockey in playoffs in the semi finals and talk on the phone to my Boston friends about Leafs choking the biggest choke of all time. My Bad. I won’t forget it. Toronto won’t

      • supercoop8 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Well have fun on the phone talking “about Leafs choking the biggest choke.”

  2. devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Don’t see why the B’s shouldn’t be able to contain Kane after they just demolished Cindy and Malkin, but OK.
    Boston wins in 6 or 7.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      Hawks are rolling, Pens weren’t. Not saying the Bruins can’t do it but they’re going to be challenged much more than they were over their last four games.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Hmmmm.. Pens weren’t rolling? Need I remind you?
        Let’s see:
        Game 1: 4-1 Pretty good.
        Game 2: 4-4 OK
        Game 3: 1-2 Give em a break
        Game 4: 7-3 Come on man
        Game 5: 6-2 Is that not enough to be considered “rolling”?

        The Hawks didn’t do NEARLY as good against the Kings and the Sens are usually just as defensively stingy. If they weren’t rolling then the only team I could think of that is, is Boston

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Hmmmm.. Pens weren’t rolling? Need I remind you?
        Let’s see:
        Game 1: 4-1 Pretty good.
        Game 2: 4-3 OK
        Game 3: 1-2 Give em a break
        Game 4: 7-3 Come on man
        Game 5: 6-2 Is that not enough to be considered “rolling”?

        The Hawks didn’t do NEARLY as good against the Kings and the Sens are usually just as defensively stingy. If they weren’t rolling then the only team I could think of that is, is Boston

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      There are a few reasons why Chicago will fare better than Pittsburgh. That’s for tomorrow.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        Yes, 6 or 7 games is much better than being swept. I’m not solid on the choice but I’m pretty confident.

      • bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Yeh maybe 5 games instead of 4… They’re gonna get waxed.

  3. tuberippin - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    This is going to be one hell of a Stanley Cup Final. Two powerhouse teams meeting at their respective peaks.

  4. Windmiller4 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Never thought id say this but Crawford outplayed Quick. Congrats to the Hawks, definitely the better team, not by much though.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      You know, just 5 games…

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        A double overtime game, and 3 one goal games. So yea, it was pretty close

      • drone501 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        when did the devils last play

      • jrhawk - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        You gonna man up if you’re wrong?

    • hockeyallday - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Yep. Crawford did outplay Quick in this series, but Rask stands on his head. Pitts has some average goaltending, but many offensive and other defensive weapons. Boston is the team to beat. Won’t be much room to move for that star lineup on the hawks.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        The Bruins are the team to beat if you’re the Hawks, and the Hawks are the team to beat if you’re the Bruins. Each game is 50/50 when that first puck drops. Quit acting like its Boston vs a freakin AHL team

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I’m only in my 20′s but this seems to be the most noncompetitive Conference Finals I’ve ever witnessed. Hopefully the SC Finals is 7 game, OT-filled, boxing match. Congrats to the Hawks.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Yes, was a bit boring to watch at times.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        It should seem fast paced compared to a devils game

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Seems you haven’t been watching many Devils games recently, because they seem to give up goals at a pretty fast pace…

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Yeah, the hawks have better team D and goaltending than Pitt. And they beat the beat who most describe as the best goalie in the league. Keep thinking its cake.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Yay. This is what I get for not busting out the laptop.

      • brookwell2013 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Whaaaaat???? Yeah, “boring” if you were in a frickin’ coma.

    • mp1131211 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      That’s what happens when you only check the scoreboard and don’t watch the games. It was a sweep on one end and a 4-1 series on the other, but the competition was fierce and fought by all tooth and nail.

      IMO, this has been a great playoff season all around. Much better and more competitive than last year where the 8th seed swept a couple of bozos looking like minor leaugers and ended up with the Stanley Cup by complete accident at the end of it all.

      • hawkeedawg - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:54 AM

        Are you nuts?

        These has been a brutal playoffs because of the officiating and linesmen.
        When a hooking call is made at the beginning of the season, or in the first 3 periods of a playoff game, it should be called in overtime too.
        I could list 100′s of incidents.
        Most recent example….
        When Jgar should have been called for hooking on the series Bos/Pitt clinching goal.

        I have no dog in this fight, my team was gone in first round.

      • Jackson Scofield - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        @hawkeedawg, assumed you were a Hawks fan by the “Hawk-ee” in your name

      • snewter99 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        lol. What foolish post.

        “… where the 8th seed swept a couple of bozos”
        Ahhh right, you mean the 1st place (and President’s Trophy winners), 2nd place team and 3rd place teams?

        “… and ended up with the Stanley Cup by complete accident”
        Ahhh right, all 16 wins of it was total accident. While they also:
        - became the first 8th seed to beat the 1,2,3 conference seeds,
        - the first 8th seed to win the Cup,
        - the first team EVER to go up 3-0 in all 4 rounds (all on the road),
        - the first team EVER in NHL history to win 10 straight on the road,
        - tied (w/NJ) the 2nd best playoff record at 16-4, behind the ’88 Oilers’ 16-2. (But I’m guessing you probably think those Oiler guys were bozos too.)

        I realize you’re not a Kings fan, and therefore last year’s playoffs weren’t “exciting for you” … but you and all the other Kings haters come across as complete fools for discrediting (in the very same sentence) what is now sports history – just because you personally weren’t entertained with any home-team skin in the game. (Not to mention- they just backed it up by making it back to the Conf Finals after two tough, brutal series vs STL and SJ.)

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        The fact that the winning sides went 8-1 in the CFs isn’t exactly fantastic hockey. I watched every game. How can a team only score 2 goals in the CFs? As a neutral fan, I can’t sit here and say that I enjoyed the CFs. Was their good hockey played @ times? Absolutely. The problem is that you could tell early on, in both series, would represent each conference in the SC finals. If I were a fan of the B’s/Hawks, I’d be stoked. Since I’m not, I wanted each series to go 6-7 games. I’m not begrudging the winning sides or the NHL playoffs itself (the NHL playoffs is the best in 4 major sports in N.A.). I just want to see competitive, prolonged hockey. That’s all.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Snewter- Sorry if I rubbed your open wound a little too soon after your team lost in double OT- though they DID deserve to lose since they were clearly losing steam and lacking in motivation. They barely made the playoffs in ’12 and were lucky that those teams, whose season rankings mean nothing, didn’t show up. It wasn’t interesting because the Devils and the Kings just don’t play exciting hockey. Period. What did your DB captain say this year after being asked about their defensive style? “We don’t care. We will bore you to death.” or something like that? I’m not the only one to note how utterly boring it is to watch a Kings game- even your captain knows it.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        hawkeedawg- I didn’t mean the officiating. But you are right- it has sucked. Officiating is, unofrtunately, something that all teams have to battle through. Unless there is blatant favoring, then its just bad all around.

  6. wisdomnfl - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Very deserving matchup. Should be fun.

  7. comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Ok, who had the Hawks winning the series in 5.666666666666667 ?

    • chicagobtech - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      comeonnowguys, a story for you:

      I watched the Blackhawks game. The wife took her mom home, as she is wont to do on Saturdays, and came home just after the game went into overtime. We watched the two OT periods, watched Kane’r pick up his hatty, and smiled. I walked into the office, rocked back in my chair, and keyed in my password to unlock my laptop. I hit up the Chicago Tribune to see what else happened in the area this evening (a nasty accident on the Kennedy), bounced to a few more sites before clicking on the PHT button in my favorite sites bar. Having not said a word since walking into the room, I did chuckle when I saw your math inspired post.

      “Who said what on ProHockeyTalk?”
      “First off, that’s impressive. I hit up a few other sites first.” I then proceeded to tell her about your posting.
      “That’s funny, thought it was closer to five and a half games. I think the goal was scored with about ten minutes left.” And while her estimate was closer, with the goal coming with 8:20 left in the period, I wisely decided to not correct her. After all, telling her that it was 5.5277777777777777777777777777778 would just make me an ass. ;)

  8. bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Bruins in 6 at most. Nice run Hawks, but it ends now.

  9. hammerhead5573 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I say screw everyone who said they would trade Kane. He is one of the most dynamic players on the team. It took him too long to get going but last I checked the hawks don’t win tonite without him

    • bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Chara and Seidenberg will eat that line alive.

      • drone501 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        chicago in 5. boston will get hit with much more fire power.

    • hockeyallday - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Chara has the same amount of points as Kane. Isn’t Chara a defenseman?

      • 2difshoe - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Hockeyallday;

        Yes he is, and the Hawks are going to run circles around him….by the end of this series, Chara will have reinvented the ” Curly Shuffle.”

        Oh, and have fun with Keith while you’re at it !

    • polegojim - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Kane had a great game… but is only dynamic when matched up with others who take the heat off hims… Toews… Hossa… on his own, he’s been very manageable and a non-threat… ask Coach Q

  10. girouxed - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    These guys deserve to be in the final.
    Couldn’t have happened to better groups. Good luck to Chicago, but go Boston!!!

  11. rocoop - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Wow..Another great game..Sure didn’t feel like a 4-1 series!! Congrat’s Hawks! Good luck in the final..Still very proud of our Kings..Great season

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      It really didn’t.

    • chicagobtech - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      With how these games were ramping up in emotion I’m glad the Blackhawks managed to close things out in the West tonight. I fear that, had it gone to six or even seven games, whoever won the series would be drained. Not physically, but mentally. It would make for bad hockey, a bad Stanley Cup Final.

      Great series LA, you guys made it fun to watch.

      • snewter99 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Agree with you – I just wish our guys hadn’t been so beaten and banged up after rounds 1 & 2. I’ve been watching hockey for 27 years and can’t recall a more physical series than LA vs Blues. And then vs SJ just had so much cross-state hatred and rivalry… it was just as taxing. Had LA come back to beat CHI- I’d be forced to simply question what they would have had left in the tank vs a fresh ‘n ready Boston team! Not being a disbeliever – just a realist.

        Good series and congrats. I think both Finalists have their hands WELL-full.

  12. robt927 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Hawks in 5! The Bruins won’t know what hit them!

    • bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Hawks get waxed

  13. hrudey - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    As Kings fans it’s tough to see this two-season run finally end, and it was wonderful to see that they still had the heart and fight of a champion. The Blackhawks have already proven they had heart in fighting back against Detroit, and now they’ve proven that this season they are the better team. Congratulations to the Blackhawks and the outstanding fans that suffered through all the lean years before their Cup, a feeling that long-time Kings fans are far too familiar with.

  14. hammerhead5573 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Gotta love that some of you trolls were waiting for that game to end just so you can come on PHT to say Boston in 5, 6 or whatever. You idiots are underwhelming at best.

    • bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      You’re just mad bc you’re probably a Cindy fan… Sorry pal

      • hockeyallday - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        Cindy. Lol! I love how everyone calls him Cindy now. That’s hilarious! Hockey rules and his nick name is the best of them all! So fitting. I like to call Kane 22 cent.

      • hammerhead5573 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Umm nope, could care less about him. keep trying troll. Perhaps if you read instead of just typing you will see that. You are capable of reading aren’t you?

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        You gotta give them time to adjust, Hammer. They spent all playoffs coming up with “Cindy.” It’s going to take them at least a week to remember the cab incident and beat that into a zombie horse three times over.

      • hammerhead5573 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        @comeonnowguys, and another week for them to even realize their team is not in the playoffs

    • bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      Bruins in 3.

  15. hockeyallday - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Boston is very strong and has 5 out of the 8 best players in the post season. There is not one Hawk “star” on that list, besides Cory Crawford, who is not the one Bettman seems to cherish. His buddy Patrick Kane can do no wrong, even when he physically assaults a cab driver for 22 cent. The league wants kids to look up to that guy? You’ve got to be kidding? Toews too? Wow. I would rather my kid look up to Eddie Haskell. Boston has it this year. Hawks have yet to play a gritty team like Boston. It’s going to be a battle, but in the end…Bruins in 6.

    • slysipops - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      i’m not crazy about KANE but TOWES is a great young man! as for your other observances …….ha ha ha ! i can see why your kid would look up to E.H. !

  16. titansrbeast - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    This series will come down to game 7, five overtimes, and the game winner will be delivered straight from Tiger Woods to Donovan McNabb. Then the lights will go black and smoke will form…

    The Undertaker will be standing on center ice, only to be greeted by his REAL brother Kane. This will be followed by a full on WWE invasion, beginning with Vince McMahon taking a steel chair to the back of Patrick Kane.

    Be prepared. This WILL happen.

    • hockeyallday - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Hahahaha.

    • bman7206 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Stop eating peyote…

      • mgp1219 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        bman,
        As a fellow Bruins fan, I have some advice for you…
        Stop acting like a Penguins fan. Your comments are very much like those that were posted by a lot of Pens fans and you know what happened to their team. The Blackhawks are a very talented team. There’s a reason they went on that streak at the start of this season. They are quite similar in structure to the Bruins and it should be a great series. If you keep posting comments like drone, whammy, bobhpine and the rest of the ignorant Pens fans did before the ECF, then you’ll have to change your handle to pman.

        Now…GO B’s!!!

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        mpg: that arrogant whammy has to travel to find out what a Stanley Cup parade is all about.

      • hammerhead5573 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        @ mpg1219…and I am guessing most true Bruins fans are not like him (complete idiot) and hopefully more like you who seem to have your wits about you. As you stated the Bruins and Hawks are very similar in style. I give the physical edge to the B’s while giving the offensive edge to the Hawks. What does that mean?????? Absolutely nothing. Being physical means nothing if you are skated around and speed means nothing if you can’t finish. Each team’s fans should just be happy the team they are pulling for is in the finals and not golfing. My prediction, first team to 4 wins should win the cup :)

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      I’d love to have some of whatever you’re smoking. p-)

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        What exit?

  17. blackhawks1982 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Time for you drunks to hit the sack! Hawks in 6

  18. rgledz - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Where’s polegojim?????? He was enlightening us the other night about how Kaner is a secondary player that leaches off if others. I’ll take that secondary player all day long.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      To be fair, one of the Hawks’ secondary players is among the team leaders in scoring.

    • polegojim - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      I’m right here RG… away from the computer for a few days.

      Kane had a great game – I give him credit for that… 1, 1, 1 good game…

      You all forget that it was COACH Q who first called him out… and matched him up with players that could help him be productive… Toews Hossa…

      Oh, and BTW… which line was he STILL playing on? Sorry man.. NOT his OWN… I didn’t make any of that up… He’s still not carrying the weight he was intended and has to be matched with the big boys to deliver.

      Maybe he’ll pick it up VS Boston…

    • polegojim - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      PS RG… do you REALLY think they envisioned Kane as a SECONDARY player?

    • polegojim - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      PPS… Go HAWKS… and get going on your own Kane.

      Hawks in 6

  19. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Notice how kings fans aren’t talking about firing their coach or blowing up the team, looking at you Pittsburgh.

    • lp0320 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      13datsyuk – This final promises to be a great final. I am a Pens fan, and Boston beat the pants off of us in four – no whining from me at all about it. I like Chicago, but I’ll root for Boston to keep it in the Eastern Conference.

      But as a Pens fan, I realize that changes have to be made. Where they need to be made, I don’t know, but two consecutive years with a poor showing in the playoffs with the caliber of team that you have speaks volumes.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Yup.

  20. slysipops - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    crazy up and down game by both teams. the game should have never gone to OT. 2 Dmen leaving a forward all alone in front of their net with only seconds left was inexcusible ! even if SEABROOK had to take a penalty, he should have flattened the guy.a face of tie up could have killed the clock.i hope the coaches noticed that stuff. at least they found a way to finish it and win ! GO HAWKS GO !!

  21. buffalomafia - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    It’ss going 7 games in a slugfest!

    If Chicago wins Kane gets game winner!

    If Boston wins Lucic gets game winner!

  22. helladonks - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    hockeyallday
    You are not funny, and an unoriginal troll. Pls go

  23. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    This game wasn’t decided because of a no call penalty, or a PP goal following a bad call, or a lucky goal. It was a great pass by JT to PK on an odd man rush from their own blue line. JT played extremely well in OT. The 2 – 1 occured because the Kings d man Slava Voynov generously gave the puck to Toews o at the Hawk’s blue line. Quick just had no chance to make that stop partially because he,s an aggressive goalie who likes to come out beyond the crease to challenge the shooter. Toews’ no look pass was perfect, but just before making that pass he made it look like he was about to shoot. What an unselfish play by the captain. The lone d wasn’t able cut the passing lane between JT and PK. How the little things make a difference. And now if we go back a few weeks and remember what JT said about winning the Presidents’ Trophy: “doesn’t mean a whole lot”.

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/22/toews-presidents-trophy-doesnt-mean-a-whole-lot-to-hawks/

    I’m sure having three days off at home before the big dance starts on Wednesday makes them appreciate being the best of the league now. I hope we see coach Q doing some line matching unlike what Bylsma did vs the B’s.

    • ronthecubsfan - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Game winner looked like the exact same play as Handzus to Hossa in Game 4.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Yeah! Can’t give these talented players 2 on 1. They’ll burn you. B’s will have to play perfect hockey. No odd man rushes.

      • 2difshoe - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Yes it did…and how sweet it was !

  24. mildfan - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Blackhawks win, they are to deep for the bruins. The Blackhawks unlike the Penguins can play the physical game and don’t need there all stars to score to win. The hawks can play a patient defensive game and won’t get frustrated by a tight checking game Hawks in 6

  25. jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Wonder what the Mayors’ bet will be: chowder or deep dish pizza; lobster or Polish sausage?

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Giordano’s deep dish pizza. Greatest in the world. Ok I have traveled the word but it’s pretty darn good in Chicago.

  26. jpat2424 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Windmiller change your name to windbag.

  27. slysipops - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    the” experts ” called QUICK the best goalie around at this time……but, constant pressure got to him…. is it RASK’S TIME ??? HOPE SO ! come on HAWKS 4 more wins KEEP FOCUSSED … every game every minute… no down time and no brain dead time … GO HAWKS GO !!!

  28. slysipops - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    SHAW versus MARCHAND = the war of the pest….could be an interesting part of the series hope to see the HAWKS win 2 at home and 2 on the road …that’s all ! oh hopefully the first 2 at home !! GO HAWKS GO !

  29. winefool - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I love east coast sports fans… but sorry guys, this is the Hawks’ season. They are healthy, tested, and rested. Crawford will hold his own easily against Rask, just like he did against Quick and Howard. The cup was theirs after they found a way to beat Babcock and the Wings. Hawks in 5, maybe 6…

    • slysipops - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      ooooohhhhh yeah !!! they have done so many things of record proportions so the CUP would be the CAP ! how about….THE HAWKS BREAK THE PRESIDENT’S TROPHY jinks and win the SC for a soon to be headline !

  30. slysipops - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    HEADLINE…..CHICAGO MAYOR GET’S UPSET STOMACH EATING CLAM CHOWDER AFTER WINNING BET WITH BOSTON MAYOR !!! but in the end he says it was a small sacrifice to make…he will cure the stomach problem with chicago ( thin crust …don’t believe the deep dish bull ) and ploish kielbasa sanwiches !! GO HAWKS GO !!!!!!

  31. timmeh022 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The best part about this final I feel is that there was no inter-league play this whole year. There is nothing to base these two teams off of in regards to competition played other than the style of Hockey they play. I was surprised both Boston and Chicago handled Pittsburgh and LA the way they did, and it’s going to be one hell of a series. I’m thinking this will go 7+ games, but Hawks will win it!

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