Blackhawks triumph helps Chicago recover from Great Fire of 1871 (SATIRE)

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With every postseason win, the Chicago Blackhawks take another step towards drinking the blessed waters residing within Lord Stanley’s Cup. The possibility of tasting these pure waters lifts the spirits of Windy City Citizens still yearning for a ray of light to guide them through the dark devastation brought on by the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871.

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Blackhawks Stanley Cup helps Chicago recover from Fire of 1871 (parody)

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(note: this opening paragraph is obviously parody)

With a win tonight the Chicago Blackhawks will take another step towards drinking the blessed waters residing within Lord Stanley’s Cup. With just five more wins, the tasting of these pure waters will lift the spirits of Windy City citizens still yearning for a ray of light to get them through the dark devastation brought on by the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871.

Every Brian Bickell goal is yet another opportunity to make Chicago residents forget about that fateful lantern, kicked over by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that led to doom and destruction. Every point scored by Blackhawks leader Jonathan “Captain Serious” Toews is another chance to alleviate the serious and somber mood possessed by many who lost everything in the second city’s historical inferno.

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Ten Truths For The 2013 NHL Season

 

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out ten things you need to know about the upcoming NHL season.  These ten statements can pretty much be guaranteed to happen in the next 99 days of hockey.  To find out what stories are locks for this year, continue after the jump.

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Red Wings Brian Rafalski Expected To Retire

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Red Wings Brian Rafalski Expected To Announce Retirement Wednesday

 

The Detroit Red Wings have announced a press conference for 11:00am Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena where it is expected that defenseman Brian Rafalski will announce his retirement from the National Hockey League after eleven seasons.  This was Rafalski’s fourth season in Detroit after previously playing for the New Jersey Devils, and in Sweden and Finland.  The 37 year old, who went undrfated after a college career at Wisconsin, has one year left on his contract.  It is believed that knee and back injuries over the last couple seasons are contributing to the retirement.

 

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Stanley Cup Coming to Northwestern Football Game on Saturday

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It may have been in the low 90s in The Chi today, but hockey preseason has already begun, believe it or not. Now you may have a less than optimistic perspective on the Blackhawks’ upcoming season, due to the fact they gave away assets and weapons like Russia after the Berlin Wall crumbled, but remember this- the cup is still here.
And sport’s most cherished and recognizable trophy will visit Ryan Field this Saturday (Sept. 25),  prior to the 11 a.m. kickoff between Northwestern and Central Michigan.

The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, which landed in Chicago after the Blackhawks defeated the Flyers in the Stanley Cup final, will be part of a pregame presentation when Northwestern’s Department of Athletics recognizes Blackhawks’ Chairman Rocky Wirtz, a 1975 School of Communication graduate, and Blackhawks’ President John McDonough, a frequent Northwestern lecturer and a Faculty Advisory Board member for Northwestern’s master of arts in sports administration program.

By Paul M. Banks

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Stanley Cup riding Shotgun at Gas Station (Picture)

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Last weekend — the cup spent a day with NHL star Dustin Byfuglien — who played on the Chicago Blackhawks squad when they won the championship this year.  Dude was rollin’ around Roseau, Minnesota when he decided to make a gas run — and brought Stanley along for the ride.
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Blackhawks, Stanley Cup coming to Wrigley Tomorrow

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The Stanley Cup is coming to Wrigley Field. “The Cup” will be meet the BP Crosstown Cup as the Chicago Cubs will honor the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in a pregame ceremony when the Cubs play the Chicago White Sox this Sunday, June 13 at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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Blackhawks Bits: Stanley Cup Champs edition

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Nuggets, tidbits, facts and figures relating to the Chicago Blackhawks cup run. Prior to winning last last night, the Hawks had lost each of their past five Final series, in 1962 (to Toronto), 1965, 1971 and 1973 (to Montreal) and 1992 (to Pittsburgh).

Stanley Cup Wins Since NHL’s Founding in 1917-18

23 – Montreal Canadiens *
13 – Toronto Maple Leafs *
11 – Detroit Red Wings
5 – Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers
4 – Chicago Blackhawks (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010), New York Islanders, New York Rangers
3 – Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils
2 – Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers
1 – Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning

* Canadiens and Maple Leafs each won one Stanley Cup prior to the formation of the NHL in 1917
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Cup Clincher highest watched NHL game since the 70s

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2010 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers on NBC Sports was the most-watched and highest-rated NHL game in 36 years.

Last night’s game – which saw the Blackhawks defeat the Flyers, 4-3, on a goal by Patrick Kane 4:06 into overtime to give Chicago its first Stanley Cup since 1961 and end the NHL’s longest championship drought – was watched by 8.28 million viewers, the most since 1974 (8.29 million viewers, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 3 on NBC), 43 percent higher than last year’s Game 6 (5.8 million viewers) and four percent higher than last year’s Game 7 (8.0 million).
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Numbers and Records to watch this Stanley Cup Finals

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This is for the hockey geeks tonight watching game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers. Here are the numbers, records, trends and just overall factoids you’ll want to pay attention to.

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Blackhawks, Flyers finally play like their seedings in game 5

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So there’s been some obvious trends in this 2010 Stanley Cup Finals– the home team seems to do really well, and every game has been close. In game 5 Sunday night between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, the first trend held true, but the second truly did not. The #2 seeded Blackhawks (who had the third most points in the NHL this season) were heavy favorites over the #7 seeded Flyers (who finished 18th out of the 30 NHL teams in points) when this series began.

During the first four games, we didn’t see why Vegas liked Chicago so much better. Tonight we did.

By Paul M. Banks

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Fans of Blackhawks down, concerned about game 5

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The mood along Madison Street and throughout Blackhawk Nation is markedly different than it was just one week ago. Last week, in Chicago fans’ minds, the Hawks had already won the Stanley Cup. The next four games were a mere formality. Now, however, that opinion has turned from supreme confidence to overwhelming worry.

The worry that Blackhawks fans are feeling today is not without reason. After winning the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks have played two very poor games of hockey. In Games 3 and 4, the Hawks looked slow and tired. Check that, they looked more lethargic than an 87 year old with arthritis before their afternoon nap.

By Peter Christian

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