Going into the Wachovia Arena, we had little hope for the Hawks to pull out a win.
It just seemed that the Flyers always had a way to win when we least expected it. And the home teams were so dominant in their building.
But Patrick Kane came through.
He threw the puck on net and we could hear Eddie Olczyk screaming, "GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU THROW THE PUCK TO THE NET!"
Yeah, what he said.
Half of the Hawks players, even the ones on the ice, had no idea that the goal was even scored.
But hell if Patrick Kane knew. He knew.
In our living room, we were in various states of disbelief. Henrik was standing by the television, mouth agape. Evgeniya was on her knees, hand over her mouth. LeTude was kicking the couch and chair, screaming that she called Patty would score. And Noodles, she was in tears on the couch, speechless.
We started our celebrations as the Hawks did.
Patty Kane was Finding Nemo while Noodles and Evgeniya held each other.
Then when the Stanley Cup was brought down the runway, it was silent in the house.
We watched as tiny Gary Bettman took the mic and serenaded us all with his nasal voice of praise for the Flyers and the Hawks.
Jonathan Toews was named the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP but he was not interested. He passed off the Conn Smythe like it was a twenty-cent ho.
He wanted the Cup.
We all wanted the Cup.
What really choked us up was hearing teammates yell, "Hoss! Give it to Hoss."
So much love.
And it was a blur of the Cup passing hands and guys screaming and Big Buff with that damn flag.
Shit was going down in the locker room afterwards, probably things that will never be talked about but still, they're allowed.
“We are so excited to get back here,” Toews said as the plane arrived. “On the plane, no one sat down, no one was relaxing. It was a way to get the party started. I think the pilots are sick and tired of us."
We think that John Madden partied the second hardest. After Captain Toews.
Patrick Kane was too drunk to enjoy the win because he was downing champagne ten seconds after getting the Cup.
That isn't partying, Mr. Kane.
Here is some reading about the Cup win...
- The game-winning goal was on a delayed reaction. Only Kane and Leighton knew it went in.
- Hossa finally raised the Cup. Yes, we're happy too, sir.
- Jonny Toews always wants to be Sidney Crosby. Maybe next season is the Rocket Richard?
- Some damning photos of the children celebrating their hard fought win.
- Injury Update: Andrew Ladd had a fractured shoulder.
- If you're wondering where we got the title for the post...Coach Quenneville said it.
And lastly, Crystal_Duck's take on the Cup-winning Game Six: