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Blackhawks smartly take Game 5, control of Cup Final series

It's difficult to suggest that the Chicago Blackhawks haven't earned the enviable position of wrapping up a third Stanley Cup championship of the "modern era" at home on Monday, thanks in large part to Saturday's 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They got the game's first goal via a Bishop gaffe yielding a Patrick Sharp tally, they weathered the Lightning's 2nd-period storm and Valtteri Filppula's game-tying goal, and in the 3rd, Bishop had little chance on the defensive mash-up (literally) that led to Antoine Vermette's gamer:

The Blackahwks have simply been calmer and more poised in the situations that determine the outcome of games, and that's why they're pretty bloody close to winning another Cup.

Both teams are clearly mentally and physically fatigued playing into the middle of June, but when the Hawks have had to be sharp, they've been razor-sharp.

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Yeah, it was game 5.

Posted by JayK on 06/13/15 at 10:02 PM ET

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yw

Posted by JayK on 06/13/15 at 10:06 PM ET

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Thanks, Paul nagged me to fix it. Brain not working well. Missed half of the third doing “Headlines.”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/13/15 at 10:09 PM ET

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...they weathered the Lightning’s 2nd-period storm…

Those of us in West Michigan would have loved to see all of that, but we were “treated” to a five-minute explanation of how radar works by the $10/hour bimbo weather girl at Channel 8 as she warned all of West Michigan about a tunderstorm two counties away.

Sadly, Channel 8 has turned into the biggest “hype” station I’ve ever seen. If a car crashes, it’s “breaking news” worthy of interrupting any program. But what told me they really, really don’t care is that they hung up on me when I called to complain about the interruption.

So, great job, Channel 8. All of Calhoun County was alerted to the fact that the sound they were hearing outside really was thunder. I can’t wait until Monday when they interrupt the game to tell us that the sun is projected to come up in the east on Tuesday. Dumb asses.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/13/15 at 11:19 PM ET

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