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And Another Thing


And Stan Mikita smiles, somewhere

This just in: The curse of William Wirtz is officially lifted. The Chicago Blackhawks are your Stanley Cup champions, for the first time in 49 years.

Patrick Kane won it at 4:10 of overtime with a shot for the ages that ripped between the pads of Philadelphia goalie Michael Leighton with such stunning speed, and from such a severe angle, that only Kane knew it was in at first.

But it was, and the celebration, weirdly Kane's alone for a few brief seconds, quickly commenced. And will spread all up and down Rush Street in Chicago, no doubt, for the rest of the night.

In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Cubs won, too, 9-4.

See. God doesn't hate Chicago after all.

Ben Smith's blog.