From the beginning of the season until the final horn sounded this Blackhawks team exhibited the character of a champion. There were doubters and until they evened the series with Boston at two games each, it looked like their championship bid may fall short. It wasn’t as if Boston lost the series, it was more a case of the will of the Hawks and skill level from top to bottom being the difference.
The Bruins had more players returning from their Cup conquest in 2011 than the Hawks had from their recent championship. That makes the victory for Chicago all the sweeter as they did it with players who knew what to expect and others who were thrust into a role that is difficult to prepare for.
The young Blackhawks like Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw had an impact in the playoffs. Bryan Bickell had a big role in this post season and potted the game tying goal in the third frame Monday night. Not to be forgotten is Corey Crawford who was sitting in the stands as a spectator during the 2010 Cup run and was the most consistent Hawk player this time around.
Patrick Kane came on the Finals to have a very good playoff run and to complete his finest season as a Blackhawk. Kane was rewarded for his post season achievements by being voted the Conn Smythe winner as the most valuable player throughout the playoffs. Kane mentioned there were other players that could have won the honor, one in particular was Crawford.
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