For the third time in six years Chicago wakes this morning with a Stanley Cup induced hangover after the Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to take the series 4-2 at a boisterous United Center last night.
One of the original six franchises the Blackhawks also won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013 beating Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins and not since the titles of Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the 1990’s has one of Chicago storied sports teams enjoyed so much sustained success. In addition to winning their three Stanley Cups, the Blackhawks also made it to the Western Conference finals last season.
In this era of salary caps, this current crop of Blackhawks stars have created a dynasty to rival that of the all dominating Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s and the New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers who shared the Cup between them in the 80’s.
Chicago will be crazy today and my only disappointment is that this era didn’t happen in my time in the Windy City.