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Blackhawks take Stanley Cup to U.S. Cellular Field

by Staff

The Chicago Blackhawks took the Stanley Cup to the south side of town on Sunday, to U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

Forward Andrew Shaw held the Cup over his head and walked to the pitcher's mound with defenseman Michal Rozsival and coach Joel Quenneville, who were all in White Sox jerseys. They took a photo with White Sox players prior to the start of their game. Before going on to the field, Shaw took swings in a batting cage.

The Blackhawks won the Cup with a 2-0 victory in Game 6 at United Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

"What a thrill to win it at home and celebrate on home ice, it was a spectacular playoff run," Quenneville said on WGN during the game. "It was a tough series. You can look at all four of them but the last two were off the charts. Tampa Bay, I don't think anyone thought they were that good. Oh my, was that a tough series. Every shift was tough."

Quenneville, also called "Q," was wearing a No. 3 jersey that said "QUPS" to symbolize his three Cups with the Blackhawks in the past six seasons. He discussed Conn Smythe trophy winner Duncan Keith and goalie Corey Crawford.

"The more [Keith] plays, the better he plays," Quenneville said. "He wants to play. He doesn't come off the ice. And Corey, can't say enough about how he responded in a tough spot. He was a big factor with us in the last couple of finals and throughout the playoffs because they are all tough games.

"The enthusiasm during this year's playoff run went to new heights. It's been crazy around town. It's been a lot of fun."

The Blackhawks took the Stanley Cup to a Mumford & Sons concert at Montrose Beach on Friday night, and visited Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, on Tuesday.

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