For the Chicago Blackhawks, what comes next is anything goes.
What led them here was everything that mattered. All that anyone will remember is nothing was ever quite as good … except if they win it again and then, well, that will be something.
You see, winning is the thing — the only thing. Moreover, it’s the only thing the Blackhawks seem to do and around Chicago, it’s refreshing. It’s eye-opening. In Game 6 vs. the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, it was stunning. It was amazing. If you’re a Bruins fan, it was staggering. Dave Bolland’s money is no good in Chicago, not after scoring the clinching goal to give the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four seasons. The Rat, a term of affection (no, really) captured a city’s heart with that goal.
His score as well every other moment of the 2013 Hawks’ run to the Stanley Cup was captured by Chicago Tribune photographers along the way. Amazing. Stunning. Staggering. That’s the Hawks. And these are our pictures. Enjoy.