Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3: Game 6 of Blackhawks-Red Wings on Detroit ice. The Hawks were down three games to two in the series and 2-1 entering the third period, and then came the unlikely hat trick of scores from Michal Handzus, Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik to force a Game 7 and keep the Stanley Cup expectation alive. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune / May 27, 2013)

If you were like me, the best part of "True Detective" wasn't watching it every week. It was talking about the show afterward, reading 20 articles on every episode and coming up with your own theories (seriously, Maggie was involved, right? So many unanswered questions).
But in the end, what we got was a lot more straightforward. It was just about two detectives and a crime.
It reminds me of the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry. It's over now. And the best parts have always been in your head.
I grew up in Detroit watching the Red Wings win four Cups. They were the best thing about being in Detroit. And it was made even better by our biggest rivalry, one so fierce the city would tune in for every game, expecting blood to spill. We hated not just the team and its players, but the city because they liked that team.
Of course, I'm talking about the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks weren't a rival. There was no "Chicago sucks" chant at the games because the Blackhawks didn't matter. They weren't even a little brother. They barely existed. But to the Hawks, the Wings were the bad guy.
And then the Blackhawks started winning.
In recent years the teams met in the playoffs and a real rivalry did begin to develop. But pucks are a flat circle, and the teams' fortunes were completely changed when the Hawks beat the Wings in overtime of Game 7 to go to the Stanley Cup Final. And what always happens between two rivals happened: reality.
Now the Wings are in danger of not making the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades. Frankly, they're not very good. And if the Hawks don't win another Cup this year, it's a disappointment. The Hawks are now the old Wings. And the Wings are the old Hawks. Everything they've done or will do is going to happen over and over again.
With the Red Wings joining the Eastern Conference, the two meetings a year mean even less. While it’s good to see Hawks fans commit to something, like hating the Red Wings, the rivalry is dead. The Hawks got their guy. The Yellow King might still be out there. And now it’s the St. Louis Blues.
Or Maggie. I mean, right?!

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