Blackhawks pair resiliency with talent

CHICAGO -- With a 914.4-meter stare and a flat Canadian accent, Dave Bolland talked about his season-saving hit that freed the puck for Brent Seabrook and led to the overtime goal that shook the United Center and reverberated through the NHL.

"That hit was something that made the play there, and Seabs followed it up and put it in the back of the net," Bolland said.

Thanks Dave. I guess you had to be there.

I was lucky enough to be there, high above the ice, and the end of the Blackhawks' 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals was richer than Bolland's bland recounting.

It was the exorcism of a 3-1 series deficit against their hated rivals. It was retribution of a game-winning goal waved off. It was jerking awake from a week of nightmares about a dream season wasted.

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