The Blackhawks looked like giants when (from left) Andrew Ladd, Colin Fraser, Brian Campbell and Niklas Hjalmarsson toed the line during the national anthem before a match in Columbus on Valentine's Day. Chicago's 5-4 shootout decision was part of stretch of six wins in seven games that continued the Hawks' surge to the Central Division title.
As the Blackhawks warmed up for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Canucks, a trio of proudly attired fans took in the scene at the United Center. How did their heroes fare? Well, Jonathan Toews had a goal, and Patrick Kane kept busy, but Chicago could have used Stan Mikita, as Vancouver won 4-1. The Hawks clinched the series two days later.
In keeping with tradition, captain Jonathan Toews was the first Blackhawk to touch the Stanley Cup after Chicago clinched its first NHL title in 49 years with a 4-3 OT Game 6 victory over the Flyers. Toews (who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP) took a moment to give Lord Stanley a little love before passing the Cup on to his teammates.