While we can debate Ozzie Guillen’s claims that the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series parade was better, there’s little doubt that the city of Chicago is going Cup crazy at the moment. The team was honored at Wrigley Field yesterday during a Cubs-White Sox contest. TSN captured some of the most interesting details.
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks paraded around the old ballpark to loud cheers during a ceremony before the Chicago Cubs’ game against the crosstown White Sox on Sunday night.
The Blackhawks, who beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on Wednesday night in Philadelphia to claim their first championship since 1961, hoisted the Cup, passed it among themselves, and high-fived fans as they made their way around Wrigley. The crowd roared when coach Joel Quenneville held it up behind home plate and booed when he passed it off to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
Blackhawks president and longtime Cubs marketing executive John McDonough threw out the ceremonial first pitch — and bounced it. Jim Cornelison got drowned out by cheering fans as he performed the national anthem, just as he does before hockey games at United Center.
Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp led the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Sounds like a great time for everyone involved.
With both the Cubs and White Sox in third place in their divisions and 7.5 games behind the top teams, it might be a long season for Chicago baseball fans. By the time the Chicago Blackhawks resume playing meaningful games, the Sox and Cubs probably won’t be.
Hopefully the Blackhawks Cup run can help Chicago fans forget about that for a little while, though.
When you’re talking about bright sides, most people believe that they boil down to the light at the end of the tunnel for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a little success in the present while waiting for that bright future, though.
The Flyers are providing at least a burst of sunshine lately, as Tuesday’s 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators gives them … (drum roll) their first three-game winning streak of this season.
Even in recent darker moments, Philly’s been pretty impressive on offense, so Flyers fans are likely relieved to see a relative offensive outburst.
Sure, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns – Radko Gudas might have gotten himself into some trouble, for instance – yet this is still a nice sign of life for a team expected to finish in the draft lottery.
If that fails … hey, the future may require shades.
Here’s an understatement: things haven’t gone very well for Dougie Hamilton early in his first season with the Calgary Flames.
(It must feel like the opposite of Tyler Seguin in Dallas for Boston Bruins fans, but feel free to disagree in the comments.)
You could look at Hamilton’s meager offensive stats and break down his disappointing work through a very of “fancy” and traditional metrics …
… Or you could just fire up a projector and show this own-goal on a loop.
It remains to be seen if the Ottawa Senators can avoid losing against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but either way, it’s been a costly night.
The Senators saw two forwards leave the game with injuries, as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were banged up on Tuesday.
Michalek may have gotten hurt blocking a shot while a Radko Gudas hit on Zibanejad left the Senators forward with an upper-body injury.
Gudas may get a call from the league for his infractions.
Update: Michalek’s issue could be significant.
The Flyers ended up beating the Senators 4-2, so a tough night for Ottawa.
In hockey terms, Patrick Kane was like a star basketball player left alone for an almost strange amount of time to score. Sometimes you miss that opportunity out of the sheer shock of getting that much time and space.
Devan Dubnyk wasn’t so lucky, however, as Kane beat him to score a 1-1 goal.
You can watch the whole sequence in the video above, including an absolutely fantastic play by Duncan Keith.
With that tally, Kane’s scoring streak is now at 20 games, leaving him one game behind Bobby Hull’s Chicago Blackhawks record.
PHT discusses Kane’s streak and his place among the all-time great runs in the clip below.