As 2013 winds down the Blackhawks have made memories that will be spoken of for years to come. It is a period of Blackhawks that will be referred to as the golden years. Hawks fans alike should be proud of what this team accomplished this year.
Let’s take a look at the top five moments of 2013 for the Hawks.
1.) Ray Emery Makes 47 Saves Against Flames
It was the ninth game of the strike shortened season and the Blackhawks had barely made a dent into their historic 24 game point streak. The Blackhawks performed sluggishly the whole game but still managed to keep it close. With the game tied 1-1 with the third period winding down, Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester put one past Ray Emery giving the Flames a 2-1 lead and diminishing the hopes of the Blackhawks perfect start to the season. Marian Hossa was able to net a goal with 2 seconds remaining in the game to send it into overtime. The Blackhawks went on to win in the shootout and thanks to Ray Emery’s 47 save performance, kept the streak alive. This matchup showed early on the tenacity the Blackhawks could play with and their ability to overcome adversity.
2.)Blackhawks Stellar During Circus Trip
The annual circus trip didn’t get off to the best of starts as the Hawks fell 5-1 against Colorado. After that game, the Blackhawks clicked and reeled off six straight wins. In a trip that often presents the Blackhawks problems, the team came out of it red hot and atop the NHL standings. The Stanley Cup Hangover can be a brutal aspect following a championship. With the six straight wins on the circus trip, the Hawks showed not only a willingness to engage, but displayed the heart of a champion in the process.
3.)Banner Raising Ceremony
The Blackhawks closed the chapter on their Stanley Cup Championship with a memorable ceremony at the United Center. It’s hard not to get chills down your spine and remember how special this past season was.
4.)Game 7 Against Detroit
The Blackhawks were down and almost out as Detroit held a 3-1 series lead heading into game 5. With the Hawks coming back to even up the series, game 7 had the makings of a classic. The game did not disappoint as the two teams battled fiercely bringing a 1-1 tie as time ticked away in the third. As Niklas Hjalmarsson blasted a slap shot past Jimmy Howard with a little over one minute remaining in the third, the United Center erupted as the Hawks and their fans believed the team was advancing to the Western Conference Finals. The goal was waved off however as referee Stephen Walkom indicated Brandon Saad and Kyle Quincey for roughing penalties. The game headed to overtime and Brent Seabrook propelled a shot past Jimmy Howard sending the Blackhawks to a date with the Kings in the Western Conference Finals. It was a comeback for the ages and in many ways came to define the Blackhawks season.
5.) 17 Seconds
No explanation necessary, the video says it all.