When the Chicago Blackhawks began this season with 24 straight games with a point, we said "It means nothing without the Cup."

When they clinched the Central Division title, we said, "It means nothing without the Cup."

When they won the President's Trophy, we said, "It means nothing without the Cup."

When they came back from being down three games to one to Detroit in the Second Round of the playoffs, we said, "It means nothing without the Cup."

Now that the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, none of that really means all that much after all. Next season, the Hawks will hoist four banners but only one of them will get the spotlight during the pregame video montage.

As far as hockey goes, the Hawks scored twice in seventeen seconds, turning a 2-1 Boston Bruins lead into a 3-2 Chicago Blackhawks win. The Bruins threw everything at the Hawks in the first period, and the Hawks bent and didn't break. Jonathan Toews scored a second period goal to tie it up, and it looked like everyone's Wednesday night was going to be booked solid after Milan Lucic put the Bruins ahead at the 12:11 mark in the third period. Then the late lightning means that the money I don't have to give to Rocky Wirtz for Game 7 tickets can now go for a fuckload of Stanley Cup Championship shit.

Mush March, Johnny Gottselig, Doc Romnes, Lou Trudel, Roger Jenkins and Paul Thompson have a table waiting for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson at the "Two Stanley Cups With The Chicago Blackhawks" Club. OK, Bryan Bickell gets a disclaimer, since he played a part in the 2010 team, but didn't get his name engraved on the Cup.

You can also take a look around the United Center and start thinking about where the Kane and Toews statues are going to go. They now each own Conn Smythe Trophies (although, I agree with Kaner - Corey Crawford should have gotten the Conn Smythe), and they have achieved something special here.

In Chicago sports lore, you have the 1985 Bears, the 2005 White Sox, and the Cubs...uh, well, the Bears and Sox. And you had the 2010 Blackhawks. Now the Hawks don't have a championship year, they have a championship era. Them and the Bulls.

And you know what? This is really fucking awesome. It's great to have high expectations. It's even better when they're met. Now we have some reading to do for you guys.

Now I'm going ask you to indulge me for a second. I'm really fortunate to be able to write about this team for you. I'm also really fortunate to be able to collaborate with CT, Slak, Morph, Thrill and Umlaut on doing this. And we all have a lot of fun, and I only hope this is as much fun for all of you. With all the stuff like "Holiday Road" and "Slak's Puppies", we are happy to have the world's most public private jokes.

Shirtless hugs and shots of Malort all around. I'm going to go shave.


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