The Blackhawks have momentum back and they are headed to Boston hoping to take home the Stanley Cup. Sports editor Jon Styf and reporter Chris Burrows discuss:
Styf: Break out the white Michael Jackson gloves, Chris, it’s Stanley Cup time. One version of the Cup will be in Boston Monday, just in case the Hawks win and need to kiss it, drink out of it and those kind of things. One of the other versions of the Cup sits in Toronto, in the underground mall. That’s where the Hockey Hall of Fame is, in a mall. You can even go touch it, but they won’t let you drink out of it.
Burrows: I actually knew all that, and the Hawks do too, because we all learned it together not many years ago. In the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, after Philadelphia evened the series at two games apiece, the Hawks shook to life to win Game 5. We saw much of the same Saturday night, especially when Boston’s Patrice Bergeron left the ice in the second period.
Styf: You went to the mall in 2010? Weird. Me too. Jan. 1 or so. Right before watching NIU lose the last International Bowl. I guess we have a lot more in common than I thought. So I hear you were in the stands Saturday night, being snobby and not letting people use your laptop to charge their cellphone at the game. What was it like?
Burrows: Not the stands. The auxiliary press box ... in the stands, because media from all over the world overfilled the regular press box. It was the loudest sporting event I have ever been surrounded by, but I felt more connected to the sold-out crowd at the UC, except that lady looking to charge her phone. Fans spurned the Hawks’ sloppy offense, gossiped over Jonathan Toews and Bergeron injuries and cheered Corey Crawford’s stops.
Styf: So will they close it out in Boston or will it come back here? I’m up for inviting Stephen Walkom back into the mix to help guarantee the Hawks don’t win Monday, setting up a Game 7 in an NBA-like officials conspiracy to round up some more TV and ticket sales revenue. I mean, not too long ago we were reading the sob stories (think Tom Musick columns) about the poor ticket scalpers and beer men out there not getting their money when the NHL was off. Bet they’re getting paid now.
Burrows: Of course the Hawks and their fans want nothing to do with Walkom after he disallowed Niklas Hjalmarssons’ potential game-winner in Game 7 against Detroit, but there’s a lot to be gained with bringing the series home for Game 7. Besides, with a Game 6 in Boston, the bad ice that comes with it (at the Boston arena), and potential injuries to Toews and Bergeron, there’s no obvious momentum for either team. I like the Hawks’ chances at home and another boisterous packed house.
Styf: Walkom, of course, didn’t make the Final cut. But I can always hope. We can tell by now, the last win the Hawks need won’t come easy.