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Blackhawks' Fans PSA: Kings v. Rangers is a Great Series

Jun 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) shoots against New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first overtime period during game two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Listen, I know. Just be reasonable and pretend to listen for just a second. I know the Game 7 OT loss still burns, it even hurt me just to type those words. I cringe remembering that heartbreaking loss, it was just devastating. But let’s not forget that we’re hockey fans, and as a PSA to the Blackhawks’ fans that are reading this, the Stanley Cup Final is a great series through two games.

I know, you don’t want to root for the team that beat the Hawks, especially after they climbed the mountain and came back from a huge hole to force that seventh game, only to lose in OT. Again. So don’t, root for the other team!

What’s that? You’re from Chicago and therefore refuse to root for any team that represents NYC? Well, that makes sense, we are Chicago after all, home of the world’s greatest pizza, skyscrapers and hockey. Of course, even though those mine as well be facts, New Yorkers have a differing opinion on probably all three of those points.

So, there’s nobody to root for. But honestly, who cares, this has been some of the most entertaining hockey we’ve seen all season. For the third consecutive year, the Stanley Cup Finals have begun with two OT games, and they’ve all had three different outcomes: road team wins both in 2012, split in 2013 and now the home team won both OT games in 2014. We’ve also seen two of the best goalies in the world dominate a game, and get shelled in another.

This is a great final, which has had a game go into multiple overtimes, like last season’s Game 1. We’ve seen world class players put it all on the line for a trophy. But unfortunately, your stubbornness has prevented you from enjoying beautiful hockey. Just because some people though that, for some reason, thinner pizza crust was better than thick crust with pizza sauce on top.

Do yourself a favor, watch a game or two of the Finals, even if you will be rooting for a meteor shower to interrupt the game by landing on center ice. It might happen, you won’t know unless you watch. While you’re watching for that storm, enjoy the great hockey that’s going on, put your allegiance aside, and become a hockey fan, instead of a Hawkey fan.

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