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For some 40 minutes the Blackhawks and their delirious fans basked in the literal glow of their most recent Stanley Cup championship rink-size images of memorable moments engulfing the ring and 21158 flickering wristbands lighting up the United Center as a montage of highlights and soundbites played on the big screen.
And as the fifth championship banner rose to the rafters just one shy of their co-tenants now cameras flashed and fans roared and players beamed from the ice below as the unforgettable 2013 season officially came to a close.
Now its over. And now it begins.
The Hawks opened their defense of the Stanley Cup and more importantly with so many pieces still in place their pursuit of another with a wild 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night overcoming a Mikhail Grabovski hat trick three power play goals and a frenetic 86 seconds of a Washington 5-on-3 in the waning minutes.