Last night the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in game six to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in 4 years. But the question is now that the season is over, did a fast paced regular season, tight and hard fought playoffs and an amazing Stanley Cup that involved three over time games out of the six do enough to bring fans back. Now NHL fans are as loyal as fans come considering they have dealt with three lockouts in the last 20 years yet keep coming back but I’m not worried about them! I’m talking the casual fan who watched hockey but didn’t really care and was offended that after an amazing 2011-2012 season and playoffs that the NHL would go into a lockout and lose over half a season. I was one of those fans and I questioned whether or not I would even watch this year and to be honest I barely did. But then the playoffs came and you had some amazing games but I still wasn’t sold on coming back to watching but then you had a game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins happen that changed everything in my perspective. The Bruins trailed by 3 goals in the third period and by two goals with just 90 seconds left but managed to tie the game and force overtime. The Bruins ended up winning the game in overtime and moved on to face the New York Rangers in the second round. This set up your classic Boston vs. New York match up which is always interesting considering the sports history between the two cities. My interest level rose with each passing round and by the time the Stanley Cup was here I was back. The NHL then rewarded me as well as other casual fans with an amazing six game series between the Bruins and the Blackhawks that started with a triple over time game and the 5th longest game in Stanley Cup history. The Stanley Cup then ended last night with the Blackhawks trailing 2-1 with only 76 seconds left but somehow they managed to score two goals in 17 seconds and win the Cup. The NHL playoffs did enough to re-spark my interest in the sport and in the league and I will be watching as a fan next year but the question is, will you?

By: David Hastings
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