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Stanley Cup Finals - Lightning's Inexperience a Serious Problem

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    The Chicago Blackhawks have all of the experience heading into the Stanley Cup finals series vs the Lightning. In fact they have the most experience of ANY current hockey team ensemble in the Stanley Cup playoffs over the last 10 years. They won the cup in both 2010 and 2013, and have played in 111 playoff games in the last decade, way more than any other franchise in the league.

    Makes me wonder if the Lightning have any chance whatsoever vs the 'Hawks in this final. To be fair, Tampa Bay did win in 2004, so they have some experience. But looking at the crew that did that over 10 years ago, and it looks very little like the current squad. In contrast, a great majority of the Hawks player's that took their team all the way are still in tact.

    I think when it comes to NHL hockey, you can't overstate or over-hype what experience does for a team. Confidence wise, it's everything. Odds makers have the Lightning an underdog in this series, and I would be shocked if Toews and company don't win this one in 6. My guess: 5.
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    Go Hawks!!!

    This franchise is on the verge of becoming a true dynasty in professional hockey. Seven of their players have been on the team since their 2010 win and were also on it for their 2013 title. If they win the title again then they will be in a league of their own.

    According to NHL.com

    "In the 121 years since the Stanley Cup was first awarded, 238 players have had their names engraved on the silver trophy three or more times. Most of those players came before the 1990s, before an age of parity that does not allow for the dynasties that used to rule the NHL."

    The Blackhawks might be adding seven more names to that exclusive list if they take the title.

    It's a good time to be a Chicago fan. Especially with the sad state of affairs my beloved Bears are in. At least I have the Bulls, Cubs, and Hawks to keep me happy!
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    I'm not running for the exits now, but the Hawks have to start playing better if they want to win the Stanley Cup. There's still a lot of hockey to be played, but I find it almost inexcusable for them to lose at home. They didn't bring their A game last night and it showed.
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    I believe the Hawks will win game 4 to tie it up. Then will go on to take the lead making it 3-2. They have most everything on their side to win the game tomorrow (game 4).
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    OOOhhhh Yeahhh!! Hawks win game 4!! Now let's shut down the Bolts and wrap this series up with a pretty bow. Hawks need the cup again to incubate Teravainen. I sense a second coming of Mr. Showtime in the making.
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    PowerPlay Wrote: OOOhhhh Yeahhh!! Hawks win game 4!! Now let's shut down the Bolts and wrap this series up with a pretty bow. Hawks need the cup again to incubate Teravainen. I sense a second coming of Mr. Showtime in the making.
    That was an awesome game! It was a must win game and they came through. Playoff hockey at its best!
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    BearDown Wrote:
    PowerPlay Wrote: OOOhhhh Yeahhh!! Hawks win game 4!! Now let's shut down the Bolts and wrap this series up with a pretty bow. Hawks need the cup again to incubate Teravainen. I sense a second coming of Mr. Showtime in the making.
    That was an awesome game! It was a must win game and they came through. Playoff hockey at its best!
    Yup. Crunch time Blackhawks are great. Through these playoffs the opposing team has been scoring almost immediately after they score. I was ecstatic to see them give up aggressive offense for the last four minutes to completely focus on defense. That's smart hockey. Especially given the circumstances lately.
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    PowerPlay Wrote:
    Yup. Crunch time Blackhawks are great. Through these playoffs the opposing team has been scoring almost immediately after they score. I was ecstatic to see them give up aggressive offense for the last four minutes to completely focus on defense. That's smart hockey. Especially given the circumstances lately.
    Very tense last few minutes. I kept screaming at the TV for Crawford to get some help. Must've been like 5-6 great shots in the last 2 1/2 minutes by TB on the goal. Amazing he held up, and it really was cool to see the Hawks not fold under that pressure. They are a very resilient team.
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    What a great game 5! Now take this home and win that cup again guys. Unfortunately, I am in NC this time around. But I imagine since this will be the first time they win the Cup on home ice since 1938, it will be insanity in downtown Chicago.
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    PowerPlay Wrote: What a great game 5! Now take this home and win that cup again guys. Unfortunately, I am in NC this time around. But I imagine since this will be the first time they win the Cup on home ice since 1938, it will be insanity in downtown Chicago.
    I wish I could afford the tickets to this game, but it will be awesome catching it downtown and I can't wait for the city to erupt when we do win tomorrow night!
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    BearDown Wrote: I wish I could afford the tickets to this game, but it will be awesome catching it downtown and I can't wait for the city to erupt when we do win tomorrow night!
    Man, I wish I was in Chicago tonight. I've visited there a few times and they are one hell of a sports city. It's going to erupt if they win tonight.