UH, WON AND A TWO

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - STEVE GREEN­BERG sgreen­berg@sun­times.com | @SLGreen­berg

So let’s talk about that Black­hawks cham­pi­onship pa­rade. Should it be­gin at the United Cen­ter? Mon­roe Street to Michi­gan Av­enue to Grant Park to party-like-it’s-2015 bliss? Oh, and can a cou­ple mil­lion or so rev­el­ers re­mem­ber to wear masks and re­main so­cially dis­tant?

But se­ri­ously, peo­ple: Don’t you look at the Hawks at least a tiny bit dif­fer­ently — more flat­ter­ingly — af­ter their 6-4 vic­tory against the Oil­ers in Game 1 of the teams’ Stan­ley Cup Qual­i­fier se­ries? Didn’t their four-goal first-pe­riod blitz make you won­der if a team seeded 12th in the West­ern Con­fer­ence might be ca­pa­ble of win­ning a best-of-five se­ries and then, well, who knows?

“It’s one game,” said de­fense­man Dun­can Keith, a real bar­rel of fun.

Some­body start deck­ing out one of those gi­nor­mous pa­rade buses.

With base­ball fight­ing against the pos­si­ble demise of its sea­son, the NBA bub­bling on with­out the Bulls and the NFL at­tempt­ing to carry out an in­vis­i­ble pre­sea­son, the Hawks in the play­offs is kind of the best thing we’ve got go­ing.

Jonathan Toews roared out of the gate. Do­minik Kuba­lik is a goalscor­ing ma­chine. Pa­trick Kane hasn’t even got­ten started yet. Sure, Corey Craw­ford let in some goals be­hind a shaky de­fense, but who has time to worry? There’s another mighty big game to slay on Mon­day.

Which re­minds me: If the Hawks get their rear ends handed to them in Game 2, I’ll deny hav­ing writ­ten any of this.

Here’s what’s hap­pen­ing:

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Corey Craw­ford and Dun­can Keith cel­e­brate near the con­clu­sion of the Hawks’ 6-4 vic­tory Satur­day over the Oil­ers in Game 1.

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