First things first: Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, their owners, management team, and most of all their fans!
The Hawks deserve the win and it was nice to see an original-six team who has not won the cup in 49 years, hoist Lord Stanley's mug.
Congratulations also goes to the Flyers organization and their fans for a well fought series and a great run.
OK, so niceties aside, here are nine things that I noticed about Wednesday night's Game Six:
1. The winning goal was the weakest goal of the playoffs
As well as Michael Leighton has played for stretches of the playoffs, when all the chips were down and he needed to make a routine save, he failed, letting in what could easily be described as the worst/weakest goal of the entire 2010 playoffs.
So what do we make of him now?
Leighton wasn't alone, in this series, as I have to agree with the experts who are saying that this was the worst display of goaltending in a Stanley Cup final in recent memory.
2. Scotty Bowman, as senior hockey advisor in Chicago, won another cup ring
In the post-game on-ice scrum, Scotty Bowman was interviewed by CBC. During the interview he explained how he never wanted to leave the Wings organization but couldn't turn down his son, who has overcome two bouts of Hodgkin's disease.
The win give Bowman 12 cup victories—nine as head coach and three as a member of the front office.
Good on you, Scotty!
3. Stan Bowman has no lips
I'm sorry, but he doesn't. Look at his interview again. The dude has no lips.
I'm just sayin'.
4. Adam Burish has an awesome personality!
Wow. What a personality. I think he said "Man" and "Dude" a bunch of times during his on-ice interview, and he seems like a very down-to-Earth individual. He sounds like a great guy and someone I'd love to grab a beer with!
5. Duncan Keith is a hillbilly and I never knew that before.
I have to admit that I have never heard Duncan Keith being interviewed before and, gap-toothed smile aside, I never realized that he is a country bumpkin.
It's not that there's anything wrong with that, but I was just surprised when he spoke.
Good for you, Duncan! Enjoy the cup for now because I predict the Norris Trophy is the next piece of hardware you'll be holding.
6. CBC's Ron McLean should not be trying interview coach Joel Quenneville while the team is taking their impromptu team picture with the cup.
Not much more to say here. McLean should know better and Quenneville should have just run away from him and jumped into that picture!
7. The Hawks have more red heads than any other team in the league.
Not that we're counting, but it seemed like everyone that was being interviewed had red hair or a red beard.
Interesting. Perhaps that is the key to their success!
8. Brent Sopel looks like someone I would not want to cross in a dark alley
This is probably mostly because of the scraggly beard he was sporting, but he looked bad-ass.
9. The Hawks won the cup for the first time in 49 years and they deserve it.
Enjoy it Hawks fans. Congratulations once again!
So that's it. The season is over. Now it's time for the winners to bask in their victory or for the losers to think about the what-ifs.
There is no rest for the wicked, as the June entry draft is just around the corner—two weeks away.
So for all you hockey fans out there, enjoy the summer, enjoy the rumours as they start to whirl, and enjoy the fact that hockey is just an awesome game to watch.
What a ride! See you at the draft folks!