In recent years, with the Black Hawks raising the back of the central division and the United Center crowd becoming more corporate, Madhouse has calmed down on Madison and lost its once great atmosphere. However, ask anyone who attended the Hawks play-offs during the reign and they will tell you everything: No building has ever moved as much as the Joint Centre.
Today, Chicago’s stadium across the street can naturally beat it, as legends will tell you, but with modern stadiums equipped with their best luxury suites, the United Center used to stagger. Goosebumps on the skin of the national anthem to the last horn.
The Blackhawks soon became rock stars in Chicago. In 2009 I attended the first playoff game of the Blackhawks against Calgary and then I fell in love with hockey. After the pre-game video editing, all the lights in the stadium went out and white words appeared on the Jambotron: Hockey never left Chicago. *Flash out* But it definitely came back. The crowd went crazy. There was a shiver running down my back. You could feel what it meant to the fans. That was just the beginning, and when the team brought it every night, the fans brought it too.
Despite the fact that it was a great game, and it was one of the best sporting atmospheres I’ve ever experienced, it’s not a game you can talk about. If you ask someone when the Joint Centre has become the loudest, there is only one answer. Added. Hawk’s fans have brought the national anthem since the beginning. The players have tapped into their energy and officially became rock stars in Chicago that night.
11. May 2009: WCSF – 6. Game against Vancouver
When we talk about the people who bring him here every night, what about Jim Cornelison? Monday evening at the Joint Centre was a relief, as the Black Hawks won a victory on their journey to the finals of the Western Conference. But it was more than that. It was an opportunity to send home a team that was hated by the Blackhawks and their fans.
The sporting rivalry is starting to decrease a bit. They still exist, but today they are mainly run by fans. The players don’t hate each other anymore. But the man, the man, Kanax and Blackhawks hated each other. These two teams seemed destined to meet in the playoffs throughout the season. Two months earlier, all the bad blood these teams had collected had boiled.
The pogrom on Madison. Dustin Baifulien took down Roberto Luongo. Ben Eager hit Kevin Beeks’ body a few minutes after he threw his left hook. Alex Burrows had a fistful of Duncan Keith hair. Brent Seabrook played a skater and stopped the Canucks from killing Adam Barish. And all this time Barish didn’t strike a single blow, he was surrounded by civil servants. He must have said something really good.
That’s when the bad blood really started flowing in circles. As we quickly return to the playoffs, this game meant a lot to Hawks fans. Vancouver had experience. They were merciful. There shouldn’t even be hawks here. However, they had a chance to silence the critics and send their rival judges back to Vancouver without the Stanley Cup.
This game soon became the final round of the roller coaster. Mason Raymond opened the account after 11 minutes and hit the blocker Nikolai Habibulin through Ryan Kesler’s screen. However, as the subject became more and more relevant, no trace was certain. Not for a minute. Less than two minutes later Patrick Kane shot Roberto Luongo’s glove to tie him up. Kane’s here for a normal night.
Vince Vaughn gives Henrik the grey eye
Photo: Vancouver Canucks/Facebook
As radio spokesman John Wiedermann likes to say, UC was ready to be captured after a few heads on the bikes of Chris Versteg and Jonathan Tewes. The Hawks improved by two positions, but that didn’t last long, as Daniel Sedin and Shane O’Brien sent the game to the third period with a 3-3 tie. The third third became one of the craziest, noisiest and funniest 20 minutes in the history of Blackhox.
Vancouver bounced back early in the period when Mats Sundin gave the Canucks a 4-3 lead, just as Chicago’s penalty ran out. That would be Sundin’s last NHL target. But as Blackhawks fans learned in the years after 2009, the Hawks reacted again and again. This time it was public enemy number one in Vancouver.
Just two minutes after Vancouver took the lead, Patrick Sharpe took the puck from Kevin Bixa on Luongo’s right in the middle, Adam Barish’s main initiator, and Barish tied the score. In typical Adam Barish fashion, as the winged player scored a goal right in front of Vancouver’s net, Barish skated for the Bank of Vancouver to celebrate. Talk about the salt in the wound. Barish never stopped stirring the pot.
Love is not lost
Photo : NBC Sports Chicago
After changing goals at the start of the game, the two teams went goalless within seven minutes. Nikolai Habibulin made a rescue squall (yes, rescuers were made in this game) to stop the Vancouver squall if they hit the Black Hawks 12-4 halfway through the third period. The Black Hawks were even worse off as Troy Brouwer was fined for violating surveillance protocol and was less than eight minutes away.
Daniel Sedin didn’t waste any time when he scored six seconds in a power play in Vancouver. Kanax is late. Will it be enough to hold out? No, not really. Vancouver’s advantage lasted 45 seconds after the puck of two defenders bounced in place of one, Patrick found Kane’s stick behind the net and Kane dragged it past Luongo for the second countdown of the night.
Moments later Shane O’Brien converted a penalty and sent the Black Hawks into a power game. While Gene Honda was still announcing Kane’s goal, Jonathan Tewes was trying to feed Patrick Sharpe. However, the washing machine deviated from the Alexander Edler and ended up in the Vancouver system. In less than 50 seconds, the Hawks converted a single missing shipment into a single load. Tewes’ power play drove the house crazy.
The Blackhawks celebrate Jonathan Tewes’ goal in the third half of the power play.
Photo: UPI/Brian Kersey
Now that Vancouver’s late, they’ve started the full press. Their defenders are getting more and more involved in their area of attack. The Blackhawks were in the press for three minutes. In the defensive zone of Blackhawks the puck caught a defender and was in the middle of the ice cap. Patrick Kane took it and had a one-on-one meeting with Shane O’Brien.
It was a moment. This is the time for Blackhawks fans to relax. It’s a moment that probably comes back in Roberto Longo’s nightmares. Kane was free of center ice. He’s crossed the Canucks’ blue line. As he led the puck to the net, Kane picked the puck back and forth between O’Brien’s stick blade and the skates and passed Roberto Lungo in a single movement. The Blackhawks were one score down, and Patrick Kane, who was only 20, had a moment of signing when he took a hat-trick on his way to the Western Conference finals.
With the greatest purpose of his life (at the time), Patrick Kane plunged the Joint Centre into hysteria. Like a tornado in the Midwest, Kane blew the roof off a barn. Chicago didn’t have enough kicks to get all the rally hats and towels off the ice. The glass shook. My ears were ringing. That kind of noise hasn’t been heard in this building since Michael Jordan. Hockey’s back in Chicago.
The last three minutes were purely ceremonial for the Blackhawks fans present. Nobody was sitting there when the clock was ticking. Vancouver grew, but the Bulin wall was high. The only horror was when Daniel Sedin drove 2-1 on Habibulin with Alex Burrows in front of him. Who would rather defend two against one than Brent Siebrook?
Seabrook got close to Sedina, stopped an intersection and put Burrows on his ass in the same move. The Joint Centre was established around the hundredth anniversary of its foundation. Once in a night, he went crazy. As the last ten seconds passed, the fans went crazy. The glass around the ice swung back and forth. The inside of the madhouse was stunned. Dave Bolland put the puck back on the United Center trusses, the horn sounded and for the first time since 1995 the Black Hawks went to the finals of the Western Conference.
The crowd was still alive. From the beginning of the national anthem to the last horn it was performed by Blackhawks fans. We couldn’t hear what we were thinking in that arena. However, this horn goes much further than the horn. Fans went crazy when they crossed the handshake line. They were screaming through the command fireworks in the middle of the ice. The stadium shook when the Three Stars were announced. Nobody wanted to leave. When the Blackhawks waved at the crowd, Pat Foley couldn’t resist thinking about it. There’s no one left! He noticed.
The last beep sounded. The handshake line is over. The ice greeting in the middle was over. Three stars have been announced. Each of the 22,687 fans stayed where they belonged. Patrick Kane spoke to those present while Pat Boyle interviewed him. Fans sang Detroit Sachs in Kane’s interview after the game. As Pat Boyle said, the Blackhawks officially became a rock star in Chicago, and Patrick Kane became Mick Jagger.
If you hurry to the 3.5 minute mark in the above video, you can listen to the crowd as Gene Honda announces that Patrick Kane is the number one star of the game. Kane took a victory lap and greeted the crowd. The place went up in flames. Kane couldn’t help admitting it in his interview.
I think this crowd has been unbelievable to us all season… …they came prepared tonight, and so did we, Kane called out. Hockey is officially back in Chicago. The Blackhawks soon grew out of a franchise that was considered the worst in the sport, just six years ahead of the most exciting team in the NHL. They came back, and Chicago couldn’t get enough.
This season may not have ended the way everyone wanted it to. Hawks fans demanded that Detroit be a rival in the final conference because they sang Detroit in the Kane interview, and that’s exactly what they have. Detroit knocked out the Blackhawks in five games, but everyone knew it was the beginning of something special. 2009 may have ended prematurely, that night the Blackhawks in Chicago woke up with angry fans screaming all night.