Tomorrow, the Chicago Blackhawks play our Los Angeles Kings on their ice. Winner goes to the Stanley Cup Final and faces off against the New York Rangers.
Last season, the Hawks eliminated us in game five during the Western Conference Final.
Last season, we had injuries to key players. This season, we are healthy and Robyn Regehr is not a critical loss.
Last season, our offensive players were ice cold. This season, our offensive players have been red hot and we have added a prolific goal scorer in Marian Gaborik.
Last season, our kids didn’t contribute. This season, the kids have been great.
Last season, we fell behind in the series 3-1 and Chicago closed us out in game five.
This season, we led Chicago 3-1 in the series and could not close them out in games five and six.
The Chicago Blackhawks have proven their mettle and merit.
The Los Angeles Kings have proven their mettle and merit.
Tomorrow’s Western Conference Champion will not have stolen it, won it in an upset, gotten lucky or have caught the other team unprepared or unmotivated.
Kings and Hawks are the two best teams in the National Hockey League. If you are surprised they are going seven games, then you simply have not been paying attention.
Jacob called game seven, “game only”. He is right. It will be the “only” thing for the losing team and “every” thing for the winner.
In game only, everything is on the line for the privilege to earn the Stanley Cup.
May the better team win.
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