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Thousands of fans who ditched work and painted their faces red and black roared in appreciation as the buses paraded past carrying waving players in red jerseys. Captain Jonathan Toews triumphantly hoisted the silver trophy over his head.
From the jubilant parade all the way to the boisterous rally, millions of excited fans spent a sun-drenched Friday celebrating another Stanley Cup title for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Finding room to roam in the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals was next to impossible, and scoring goals was even more difficult.
Chicago's 6-5 overtime victory at Boston on Wednesday night was the highest-scoring game in this year's NHL playoffs. There were breakaways, rebounds, long slap shots and tips. Eleven goals in all, coming from all over the ice. It all raises questions about how the remainder of this compelling series will look.
So much for all the talk about the impenetrable goalies, and forget about those lane-clogging defensemen. It was all about the offense in Game 4, and the hangover could extend into the final three games of the deadlocked Stanley Cup finals.
A lesser goalie would have been flustered by the Chicago Blackhawks hot start.
Much as they would love to get big contributions from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks have shown they can win even when their biggest stars aren't lighting up the scoreboard.
Andrew Shaw popped back up after he was knocked down and skated to the front of the goal to get a deflection on Dave Bolland's tip for the winning score in the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in the fifth-longest game in the history of the NHL's biggest series.
Corey Crawford topped Tuukka Rask in the only stat that matters.
Tuukka Rask needed just four words to sum up the goal that beat him and the Boston Bruins.
Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins were rolling along and in command.
Five things learned in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 win in triple overtime over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night:
Chicago and Boston played three overtimes Wednesday night in the fifth-longest game in the history of the NHL's marquee series. It finally came to an end — at the stroke of midnight, no less — when Andrew Shaw deflected Dave Bolland's shot into the goal to give the Blackhawks the victory.
Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor.
Two franchises, rich in history, talent and star power. Two winning teams that know what it takes to bring home the Stanley Cup. Intrigue, in the form of a schedule that kept them away from each other for an entire season.
Andrew Shaw moved up to claim the centerman's place alongside Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell and the offense barely lost a stride.
"I think it's just hard work. Everyone wants that Cup," said Shaw, who has five goals in the playoffs after scoring nine in the regular season. "There are a bunch of veterans on this team that played many years and haven't been to this point. Your career does fly by and you don't want to take it for granted. So when the opportunity's there, you have to seize it. (Brandon Saad) had that big goal last night, got the guys rolling. It was huge for him."