TAKE 2: Stanley Cup caps Blackhawks' remarkable season
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday night after a pair of goals in the final 1:17. Sports editor Jon Styf and reporter Jeff Arnold discuss:
Styf: It was a season that nearly didn't happen. A season that started with an unbelievable streak. A season that, appropriately, left our jaws on the floor as it finished. We were preparing a paper filled with content on how we were headed to a decisive Game 7. Instead, the Hawks are celebrating their second title in four seasons.
Arnold: To quote our esteemed colleague, Tom Musick, that ending was crazy. I didn't see the Hawks responding after the Bruins took the lead late in the third period. But for a team that didn't face much adversity before it fell behind Detroit 3-1 in the Western Conference semfinals, they responded when it really mattered.
Styf: Now, Chicago gets to celebrate. In fact, many of you still are I'm sure. We saw Tom Musick out on the ice afterward, trying to get in a question with pretty much anyone in the hysteria. Here, we tried to figure out what just happened. I thought I had a good grasp. Then, out of nowhere, the Hawks seized the day. One former Boston Globe editor compared the Bruins' collapse to Bill Buckner. That's probably too much.
Arnold: Funny, I had thought Corey Crawford was Buckner-esque when the Bruins kept beating him gloveside earlier in the season. But I think the Hawks won Game 6 more than the Bruins choked it away. When a team scores late, it's kind of stunning and I think it's tough to bounce back from. I expected yet another overtime, but obviously, Dave Bolland had celebratory plans to attend to.
Styf: Patrice Bergeron told reporters after he was playing with a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder. But it was Andrew Shaw who was still bleeding through his stitches after the game. So is the bloody face better than Curt Schilling's bloody sock?
Arnold: Schilling's bloody sock was pretty epic and like the sock, Shaw's face was constantly covered in blood. Playoff hockey at its best. Hockey's a tough game, but I think what you saw from players like Shaw is that the Hawks really wanted to close this out and not leave it up to chance in Game 7.
Styf: Monday night was a moment. It's really hard to put it in perspective. But I really think it was so much better for Hawks fans because of the way they ripped Boston's heart out while doing it. They'll be celebrating this for a long time in Chicago. Because now it's baseball season. And there's nothing to celebrate there.
Arnold: As long as the Cubs and Sox still call Chicago home, I think the Hawks parade is the only one we'll have to worry about for a long while.
Styf: So enjoy this one, Hawks fans. It's your time. Your day. Your week. Your celebration.