Chicago's 49-year wait is finally over after a 4-3 OT win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Chicagoans are going crazy, blasting fireworks in the street, and jumping all over reporters as they try to report the victory.
It's all smiles in Chicago wherever there are Hawk fans, because the Hawks have brought the sacred Stanley Cup home to Chicago, a place it hasn't been since 1961.
Once I saw Kane put that puck in the net, and him raising his hands, throwing his gloves off, you might think I would've jumped up and cheered, but I didn't.
Instead, I sat there in total awe. My favorite team had won it all, and I froze.
I was so elated that I couldn't speak. As most things that are so amazing, the victory hasn't sunk in yet. it almost seems surreal and as if it didn't happened. But it did.
I have to give props to Philadelphia. This series was hard-fought hockey. Every game was a toss up, and neither team was ready to give up.
Michael Lieghton will have nightmares for days over that Patrick Kane goal 4:06 into overtime. It shocked everyone in the stadium.
The Flyers' fans were wondering how the hell that puck got into the net. Hawk fans were wondering whom to hug and kiss first because they didn't care HOW it went in, just THAT it went in.
For the Hawks it couldn't have been a more fitting ending. The Hawks and everyone knew they were the most talented team in the league, but many doubted their goaltender, Antti Niemi.
I think winning the Stanley Cup speaks for itself on whether Niemi was good enough. The kid looked calmer and more in control than his opponents, and it paid off. His first-ever playoff series and he leads his team to victory. That's pretty damn impressive.
Captain Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe that's given to the playoff MVP. Toews is only the second kid captain to hold it.
Toews has won an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanley Cup, and now the Conn Smythe all in a matter of five months. Unbelievable. That's all I have to say.
The whole Hawks' season was pretty damn impressive. Fans didn't expect anything short of winning the Stanley Cup, and they let their players know that. Anything short of the Cup would have been a disappointment and a waste of talent.
There's still a smile on my face, and there will be one for days. If you can't smile just a little bit after this series, and enjoy seeing a team win in a city that deserves a championship, then you're not a sports fan.
P.S.: To Hossa: The third time really is the charm.