And somewhere in Florida, Dale Tallon has to be smiling.
Sure, Tallon's name will not be engraved on the Stanley Cup after Chicago won it for the first time since 1961. And that's a shame.
But he knows -- and many around hockey do too -- that these are his guys. A dynasty in the making?
Also, need to congratulate defenseman Nick Boynton, who spent just one season with the Panthers but ended up with Chicago and was part of the Hawks magical run to the championship.
Been one heck of a season, one that started in Helsinki, Finland, with the Blackhawks losing to the Panthers.
Who would have figured it would end like this, right?
Enjoy the party Chicago.