Blackhawks win Pennant!

Chicago Blackhawks won their 4th pennant of the expansion era this afternoon in a hard fought (if brief) win over the San Jose Sharks. The Chicago club are led by an exceptional group of under 27′s which includes Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (21); Niklas Hjalmarsson (22); Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland (23); Brent Seabrook, Troy Brouwer, Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien (24); Duncan Keith and Antti Niemi (26).

Chicago reaches the final very early in the cluster, which is in stark contrast to the San Jose Sharks. Unlike even the Ottawa Senators of the late ’00s (largely regarded as a disappointing group) the Sharks have spent their youth without reaching Stanley’s spring party. They remind me more and more of my beloved Expos in the late 70′s and early 80′s each spring. I don’t think the future looks bright for the Sharks, what with major free agency ahead and a sense that the future belongs to America’s Second City.

  1. Montreal (11): ’68, ’69, ’71, ’73, ’76-’79, ’86, ’89, ’93
  2. Boston (7): ’70, ’72, ’74, ’77, ’78, ’88, ’90
  3. Edmonton (7): ’83, ’84, ’85, ’87, ’88, ’90, ’06
  4. Philadephia (7): ’74, ’75, ’76, ’80, ’85, ’87, ’97
  5. Detroit (6): ’95, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’08, ’09
  6. New York Islanders (5): ’80, ’81, ’82, ’83, ’84
  7. Chicago (4): ’71, ’73, ’92, ’10
  8. Pittsburgh (4): ’91, ’92, ’08, ’09
  9. Dallas (4): ’81, ’91, ’99, ’00
  10. New Jersey (4): ’95, ’00, ’01, ’03
  11. Calgary (3): ’86, ’89, ’04
  12. New York Rangers (3): ’72, ’79, ’94
  13. St. Louis (3): ’68, ’69, ’70
  14. Anaheim (2): ’03, ’07
  15. Buffalo (2): ’75, ’99
  16. Carolina (2): ’02, ’06
  17. Colorado (2): ’96, ’01
  18. Vancouver (2): ’82, ’94
  19. Florida (1): ’96
  20. Los Angeles (1): ’93
  21. Ottawa (1): ’07
  22. Tampa Bay (1): ’04
  23. Washington (1): ’98
  24. Atlanta
  25. Columbus
  26. Minnesota
  27. Nashville
  28. Phoenix
  29. San Jose
  30. Toronto

Chicago now waits for the winner of the Philadelphia-Montreal EC finals, with the Blackhawks likely to be an extreme favorite no matter the outcome of their series.

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