Hawks set to step out of Cup's shadow

CHICAGO -- They do it right, the Blackhawks. The pregame lightshow flashing across the ice. The soundtrack of the HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” rising in the background, And then, the 1961 championship team carrying out the new 2010 Stanley Cup banner and handing it off to the new champions.

It was all perfectly choreographed Saturday night, right down to the final instructions given to captain Jonathan Toews and fellow Hawks’ hero Patrick Kane, that they would be the last ones to let go of the banner as it was hoisted into the rafters of the United Center.

“We were joking [which] guy could hold on the longest,” Toews revealed later. “[Kane] was the last one to let it go.”

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