The End.

According to Walt Disney, the story of Cinderella ends with a happy ending.

In the NHL however, this cinderella didn’t even make it to midnight.

With just under 16 minutes remaining in the 1st overtime period, South Buffalo’s very own Patrick Kane won the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks.  And for a moment, he was the only won who knew that he had won it.

That moment faded fast, and while the Philadelphia Flyers amazing run finally ended, the Chicago Blackhawks ended a 49 year drought, bringing the Stanley Cup home to Chicago for the fourth time, and for the third time, doing it on enemy ice.

The end of the game did bring back some nasty memories.  Remember when the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars were in overtime, and there was no time to review the goal?  Yeah.  It’s still there and it burns just a tad bit.  Probably opened up some wounds tonight hearing those words on the PA in Philadelphia “The goal is under review”  If anything it gave the fans in attendance tonight just a few more seconds of believing, that maybe, just maybe what they just saw didn’t happen; or better yet, one of the schleps in Toronto would find a reason to say no goal.

And so it ends, another wonderful hockey season.  Now we gather around and await the awards show, the draft, and the start of training camp, all the while the Chicago Blackhawks take their turn entertaining the Stanley Cup.

It’s gone swimming, its been used as a baptismal font.  It was used as an ashtray, and a toilet.  Its been damaged, its been lost.  Its not Kane, Toews, Hossa, Campbell, and Niemi’s turn to add some lore the the oldest, and most revered trophy in sports.

Congratulations to the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions

Chicago Blackhawks.

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