The Chicago Blackhawks Are By Far the Best Team in the National Hockey League

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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So long, San Jose. Your run of good luck was nice and cozy, but it’s over. Your passive aggressive offence couldn’t hold up. Your schedule was beneficial, and you had us fooled. You had us thinking Patty Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Joe Pavelski were worth the wait. And, while your 5-3 loss to Chicago on Tuesday was nothing close to a blowout or a body of evidential proof, it was a statement.

It said loud and clear, Hi, we are the Chicago Blackhawks. Excuse our shootout fails. We are the best team in the National Hockey League, and we’re taking names.

Unlike the Sharks or the Canucks, the Blackhawks don’t wait for their opportunities to open up. They don’t hope for bouncing pucks and they don’t sit on leads. Even on nights they struggle to score — like last Friday’s shootout loss to Vancouver — they attack. They attack, and attack, and fu*kin’ attack.

It’s why they’ve finished over a fifth of this NHL season and they still haven’t lost in regulation. 8-0-2. Something special, I’d say.

They come in waves. On the beaches! In the air! They don’t worry about what you’re doing. They just pile up goals and they’re well on their way to a President’s Trophy in 2013.

Patrick Kane. Jonathan Toews. Patrick Sharp. Marian Hossa. Keith and Seabrook. Even Oduya and Frolik and Stalberg. And, hey, while you’re at it, Corey Crawford’s just keepin’ it real in the crease.

There is no roster more terrifying, no lineup more formidable.

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“The Case for Jonathan Toews as the Best Player in the World” — Fighting for Stanley (Feb. 4, 2013)

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All due to respect to everyone else — the powerful Penguins, the Bad As* Bruins, and even the unheralded one-loss Anaheim Ducks — but the Blackhawks are for real. They’re coming for you. They’re climbin’ in yo’ windows/Snatchin’ yo’ people up.

What can you do?

Well, just sit back, throw some popcorn in the microwave, and enjoy the show. It’s like Avatar on ice, and there’s no time for the woodland hippies.

In fact, the more you watch this 2013 version of the ‘Hawks, the more you realize that video at the top of this page wasn’t that long ago.

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Highlights of Last Night

1. Roberto Luongo’s Penatly Shot Save in Overtime

2. Jamie Benn Has Finally Returned

3. The Staal Brothers Destroy Toronto

4. Johan Hedberg is Relevant Again

5. Milan Hejduk Scores in his 1,000th Game