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Blackhawks thank Bruins and their fans with full-page ad in Boston Globe

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On a day when the Chicago Blackhawks are parading through the streets of their city to celebrate a second Stanley Cup victory in four years, the team’s owners took the opportunity to show a great deal of class by thanking their opposition. The full-page ad you see above appeared in Friday morning’s edition of the Boston Globe. It was aimed at thanking the Boston Bruins and the city of Boston for their hospitality.

The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals was one of the most dramatic and entertaining in recent history. Players fought through everything from a pulled hamstring to a lung puncture, and their toughness was not lost on the fans. In addition, the past few months have presented trying times for Bostonians outside of the sporting world. The Blackhawks’ letter to Boston read as follows:

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Toronto newspaper thanks Chicago Blackhawks for beating Boston Bruins

Maple-Leafs-BruinsThe Boston Bruins did not have many people outside the New England area rooting for them in the Stanley Cup Finals, because people love to see Boston teams lose. The recent success of the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics has made people resent fans in the Boston area for what they believe are overly cocky attitudes. The city of Toronto had a difference reason for rooting for the Bruins to lose.

If you can remember back to mid-May, you may recall the Maple Leafs leading the Bruins 4-1 halfway through the third period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Toronto somehow went on to lose that game, and the city has not gotten over it.

I never understood stuff like this. Wouldn’t you want to be able to say you lost to the best? Not only that, but Toronto is just calling further attention to the embarrassing meltdown the Maple Leafs put their fans through in their first playoff appearance since 2004.

If this was a Montreal paper, you could understand. The Bruins and Canadiens have one of the greatest rivalries in sports. The Maple Leafs are simply trying to form an identity roughly 50 years after they used to own the NHL. This doesn’t really help.

Chicago Blackhawks score two goals in 17 seconds to win Stanley Cup (Video)

The Boston Bruins set a record earlier in the postseason by scoring four unanswered goals to come back and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series. The Bruins scored two goals in 31 seconds that night to help the comeback, which left the Leafs and their fans devastated.

Now the Bruins and their fans know what the Leafs were feeling.

The Chicago Blackhawks scored two stunning goals in 17 seconds to come back and beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup. The first goal was scored by Bryan Bickell with 1:16 left in the game. Dave Bolland then scored the winner off a rebound from a puck that bounced off the post with 59 seconds left.

To give you an idea of how quickly things changed, all you need to know is that both teams pulled their goalies at the end.

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Phil Esposito on Stanley Cup Final: ‘It doesn’t mean s*** to me’

Phil-EspositoPhil Esposito is one of the greatest players in NHL history, and he played for both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. For that reason, one might assume he would be torn when it comes to choosing a team to root for in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. As it turns out, that could not be further from the truth.

During a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Esposito emphatically stated that he feels no connection to the Bruins or Blackhawks.

“You want to know the truth?” he said. “This series doesn’t mean s*** to me. I have no feeling for these teams. There’s nothing emotional about it. They both got rid of me, traded me. So screw them.”

Esposito was considered the greatest scorer of his generation, becoming the first ever player to score over 100 points in a season when he recorded a whopping 126 in 1969. He led the NHL in scoring for six straight seasons from 1969-1975, and he and Bobby Orr were the anchors of a Bruins team that won Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972.

Esposito came to Boston from Chicago in 1967, before his career really took off. During the 1975-76 season, he was traded from the Bruins to the New York Rangers when he supposedly made a fuss about having his playing time reduced because of his age.

“I didn’t choose to leave Chicago,” Esposito said. “I didn’t choose to leave Boston. I signed a contract in Boston for less money than I could have gotten from going to the WHA. I could have made millions doing that. And you know how they repaid me? Three weeks later, they traded me (to the New York Rangers).”

The fifth-leading scorer in NHL history went on to coach and become general manager of the Rangers after he retired in 1981. In 1987, the Bruins held an emotional ceremony where they retired Esposito’s No. 7 jersey and had Ray Bourque remove the number from his back to reveal his new No. 77. Esposito was moved by the ceremony and later attended a ceremony in Boston when the Bruins retired Bourque’s number, but apparently he has had no association with the team since then. Talk about a crying shame.

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Woman says her dog pooping on Patrick Sharp’s lawn brings Blackhawks luck

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The Chicago Blackhawks pushed themselves to the brink of elimination against the Detroit Red Wings after only four games in the Western Conference semifinals, but they somehow rattled off three straight victories to take the series. Some will argue that they stepped up in a big way with their backs against the wall, but a woman named Shannon would tell you it was her dog Ivy’s bowel movements that sparked the comeback.

Shannon shared her story with the Eric and Kathy Morning Show on 101.9 FM Chicago this week. She said she takes Ivy, her lab mix, for walks in their neighborhood every day. Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp happens to live in the same neighborhood. Simply put, Shannon claims Chicago wins every time Ivy poops on Sharp’s lawn.

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Blackhawks Fan Confesses His Love to CSN Reporter Sarah Kustok (Video)

Anyone who knows me knows I have always had an enormous crush on Heidi Watney. The former Red Sox sideline reporter — who is now rumored to have taken a job covering the Lakers — recently broke my heart. Every day it gets a little bit easier. While I have always had a thing for Ms. Watney, I don’t think I would have the stones to tell her that if given the opportunity. Ideally I would try to make some small talk with her and play it cool. Greg from Lemont, on the other hand, seems like more of a “tell it like it is” kind of guy. He has a thing for CSN Chicago reporter Sarah Kustok, and he straight up let her know about it after he participated in the “Shoot the Puck” contest during the Blackhawks game Thursday night. Check out this video that CSNChicago.com passed along:

Homeboy threw his hand on her shoulder and everything.  People have been calling this video creepy but personally I ain’t mad at Greg for this move.  He knew this could be his only chance to let Sarah know how he feels so he went for it.  What other choice did he have?

Blackhawks Should Have Spent the Money to Keep Antti Niemi

The Chicago Blackhawks lost their arbitration case with goaltender Antti Niemi and would have had to pay him $2.75 million in salary. They had the option to keep him, trade him or release him as a free agent. Their decision? They let him walk away.

I think this was a horrible decision. I was fine with the team trading Dustin Byfuglien and company to the Trashers, but I am not OK with this.  If it was not for Niemi, the Blackhaws would not have won the Stanley Cup. I’m not saying that the rest of the Blackhawks’ roster wasn’t stocked full of talent– because it was– but if they would have had Cristobal Huet in goal instead of Niemi they wouldn’t have made it past the Vancouver Canucks.

The part that upsets me most about this deal is the fact that they agreed to sign Marty Turco to a one-year deal. First off, Turco is like 100 years old. Fine, he’s 34, but Niemi is only 26, so it seems like he’s much older. Plus, I don’t think Turco has much juice left in him. I mean yes, he’s a three-time All-Star and was once one of the highest-paid goalies in the league, but that was in the past. He did have 30 wins in the 2009 season, I’ll give him that. I just don’t think it’s enough.

The thing that might make this OK is if the Blackahawks start preparing Corey Crawford for his role as an NHL goalie. He saw a little ice time last season, but since Turco is only locked in for a year they should be preparing Crawford for his role as the 2011-2012 starter. You can’t really have a more important role than a goalie. You can score all the goals you want, but if there’s no one there to stop the other team from scoring too, you aren’t going to get too far. I really hope the Blackhawks know what they’re doing but I think that chances of a repeat just went down with Niemi’s release.

Sources:
Blackhawks drop Niemi, sign goalie Turco [Chicago Tribune]
Blackhawks agree to terms with three-time All-Star Marty Turco [Chicago Blackhawks]