WHAT WAS IT THE NORMALLY solemn Joel Quenneville said after Patrick Kane’s shot sneaked across the goal line in overtime to win the Stanley Cup? I want to make sure I have this correct for the historical record.
“I saw the puck in the back of the net,” Coach Q marveled, “and I said, “Party’s on.”
That’s when you knew for sure how momentous this really was. The guy who always sweats the details, the man who wears the heavy look of a diplomat making a last-ditch effort to avert war, was talking about a wild celebration, a removal of the wingtips and perhaps even some reckless abandon.
Party’s on, indeed.
The party figures to last a long time, perhaps several years with these young, uber-talented Blackhawks, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Let’s take a moment to embrace what has just happened and how the Hawks got to this point.