When Patrick Marleau netted an overtime winner in the first round of the NHL playoffs to put the San Jose Sharks up 3-0 in their series with Los Angeles, very few still envisioned the Kings hoisting their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Too often in sports, people, myself included, will get caught up in the moment of a great game, series, or performance and declare it as “epic” or “legendary,” even if it really didn’t quite live up to such a billing.
However, the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks was one of the best series in recent memory, not just in the NHL, but in all of sports.
Things are bad if you’re the Chicago Blackhawks.
After taking an early 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the ‘Hawks now find themselves down 3-1 and have been soundly beaten in every important aspect of the game. The Los Angeles Kings have outplayed the ‘Hawks defensively, in the face-off circle, and on the power play.
There are few things in sports that can match the excitement and intensity of overtime in Game 7 of an NHL playoff series.
On Wednesday night, hockey fans were treated to three Game 7s to cap off what has been a memorable first round of the playoffs.
In 2010, an estimated 2 million Chicago Blackhawks fans from all over the Chicagoland area came to celebrate a Stanley Cup victory with the players and fellow fans. The 2012 parade was even bigger. Chicago police estimated more than two million people attended the 2013 parade on Friday. I went to the 2010 parade and had an […]