Cup heads West to Chicago

Posted: 06/24/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Thank you Chicago Blackhawks. Not sure my heart could have taken a game 7.

Chicago and Boston just gave us one of the most entertaining Cup finals in years. So many heroes, including some in black and gold. Dave Bolland, who entered the entered the series so banged up he was demoted to a depth scored the winning goal with 58.3 seconds left in regulation time. Patrice Bergeron played game 6 with a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder. Marian Hossa played the series with a bulging in his back. And who will forget Greg Campbell playing 47 seconds on a broken leg in Game 3 of the series against Pittsburgh. Michal Handzus played with a broken wrist and a torn MCL.

These guys are redefining what playing with pain but not with an injury means. What’s a bulging disc, a separated shoulder or a broken wrist? It’s not like we don’t have a bunch more healthy discs and another shoulder or wrist.

As you might expect from two teams loaded with players who can’t quit, one team survived to take the Stanley Cup. For an up to the minute listing of the injuries on both teams check out Sam’s Sports Brief.

Following mainstream media and some of the blogosphere was a hoot. After the first game Corey Crawford was anointed Conn Smythe Trophy winner. That lasted until game 2 when the crazy chorus determined that Tuukka Rask was the best goalie in the world. By game 3 and Boston holding a 2-1 series lead it was Rask with honorable to Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. By now Corey Crawford was good goalie with a fatal flaw in his glove hand. Claude Julien was the declared genius and Joel quenneville a bumbling whatever. Then Game 4 became the Jonathon Toews show co-starring Patrick Kane. Kane took over in Game 5. Game 6 was decided by Chicago’s depth players, Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland who scored goals 17 seconds apart to give Chicago it’s 4th Cup in team history.

Now our coverage will move forward to the draft, the rumors and today’s big trade between our Ducks and the Penguins. Anaheim has sent enforcer Harry Zolnierczyk to Pittsburgh for AHL D-man Alex Grant.

Grant, 24 (1/20/89), appeared in 46 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2012-13. The 6-3, 200-pound blueliner earned 4-16=20 points with 73 penalty minutes (PIM), while pacing team defensemen in points-per-game (.43). He helped lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, collecting 2-2=4 points with 27 PIM in 13 games.

  1. If this win taught us one thing about sports and about life, it’s that it ain’t over until the fat lady sings, and tonight, she didn’t sing until the Hawks lifted the Stanley Cup.

  2. gnidesign says:

    There’s nothing tainted about this SC Championship *cough . Kings. cough*. These teams fought hard! Although, I suspect the “short season” explanations will begin at any moment. lol

    *Best Regards,* *Bill Kearns*

    (xxx) xxx-xxxx

    • bc says:

      Nice to hear from you again Bill. I edited out your phone number but encourage anyone looking for a digital design shop to let Bill bid your job.

  3. Bill Kearns says:

    There’s nothing tainted about this SC Championship *cough . Kings. cough*. These teams fought hard! Although, I suspect the “short season” explanations will begin at any moment. lol

  4. bilverado says:

    So will the Ducks compete for the Cup next year?

  5. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    What a series…Boston it was like Déjà vu except you were not on the receiving end (Leaf fans are still hurting from the devastating exit), amazing! Would love for Getzlaf and Perry to mirror Toews and Kane’s passion, grit, and over all do whatever it takes to win. Congratulations to a team that deserved the Cup! I would have loved a game 7 overtime victory.

  6. bbdux93 says:

    I had no favorite in this series but I’m glad the Hawks won. Both teams showed they deserved to be there. Great hockey.

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