Here’s a few things I enjoyed (other than the final outcome) and didn’t enjoy from the final game of the 2009-2010 season.
*As an announcer, there’s no question Doc Emrick had thought about what his Stanley Cup Champs call would be. Of course, with Patrick Kane’s goal that only a select few saw go in, Doc gave us one of the most hilarious calls of all-time. With no idea where the puck went, Emrick simply started making up things he saw. At one point, he said, “And the puck is rattling around in front,” when the puck is very clearly not rattling around anywhere.
Then, when Kane is halfway undressed and at the red line, he figures out it might be in the net and goes into his goal-scoring call even though the puck has been in the net for a solid five seconds.
That’s just one of the all-time great calls.
*When the Cup came out of the runway, you would need to be comatose not to get goosebumps. The NHL has a lot of flaws, but when it comes to their trophy presentation, it is absolutely awesome. Doesn’t matter what team is on the receiving end of it, that never gets old.
*My favorite moment of the celebration was Jonathan Toews actively seeking Marian Hossa to give him the Cup second. Then, of course, seeing Hossa finally get his hands on it was pretty much the tops.
*Loved hearing John Madden go out of his way to thank Dale Tallon for bringing him here in the off-season. Madden didn’t do a whole bunch past November but that was pure class. Especially on a night when everyone in the media was going out of their way to credit the Bowmans for building this team. We’ve said it countless times, but Tallon’s fingerprints are all over this team. Whatever you think about his negotiating skills, his eye for talent is superb.
Some things I didn’t particularly care for:
*Adam Burish. Whatever you think of Chris Pronger, he’s one of the best defenseman of the last two decades. You’re Adam Burish and you just rode your teammates coat-tails to a Stanley Cup. Shut your mouth and get away from the microphones. How about letting your teammates that actually dressed in the game get some of the glory? Also, seeing every local media member flock to him was particularly annoying.
*NBC’s crotch camera during each player’s skate with the Cup. It was just weird seeing each player from the knees up. Not to mention, a few of them (Madden and Keith come to mind) looked scary as all hell. I feel like an old-fashioned straight angle view would’ve been fine.
*I still don’t know what to think of the whole Jeremy Roenick crying saga. Was it genuine? Was it appropriate? But I will say the exchange between him and Mike Milbury was painfully awkward. Seeing two grown men try to console each other on live television is never must-see TV.
*As for Flyer fans that are somehow hurt by Roenick’s tears, he played three seasons for Philadelphia. He played for the Hawks for nine. It would be like Dallas Stars fans feeling snubbed by Eric Lindros if he were to declare his feelings for the Flyers in a Philly/Dallas finals. Just silly and juvenile.
The worst thing about winning a championship is having to say goodbye. That’s exactly what tomorrow’s parade is. A goodbye to the 2009-2010 Chicago Blackhawks. Like Joel Quenneville said, they’ll walk together forever. Just not next season.
The good thing is the draft is just two weeks away and whatever changes are coming, will come quickly. Like last year, we’ll be here with you through it all. Let’s just hope this summer is a little more enjoyable than last year’s.
I still can’t believe the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and I’m not sure when it will fully sink in.