It was pretty good being a Blackhawks fan during the 2010s. As NHL.com has been naming their all-decade awards, the Blackhawks have been heavily involved. Joel Quenneville took home NHL’s Coach of the Decade. The Blackhawks were named the Franchise of the Decade. It doesn’t stop there either, as the Blackhawks-Kings 2014 Western Conference Final was named the Playoff Series of the Decade.
Those are quite a few honors for one franchise, and that isn’t even the end. Today, NHL.com named Patrick Kane‘s 2010 Stanley Cup-winning tally the Goal of the Decade. It was the greatest goal that nobody even saw go in.
Was this goal a highlight-reel tally? No. It was spectacular, however, as it was the single biggest goal in franchise history. Kane’s lamplighter (that didn’t even light the lamp) ended a 49-year championship drought for the franchise.
The party was on in Chicago. That locker room in Philadelphia probably still has champagne and Budweiser all over the walls. The faint smell of Coach Q’s victory cigar probably still lurks as Flyers’ opponents get ready for game day.
That goal was so big that ten years later Flyers fans probably still can’t watch it. While it was euphoria for the Blackhawks, it was the ultimate dagger in the backs of Philadelphia fans everywhere.
For Blackhawks fans, it is probably the one goal you will never forget. It was confusion at first. Where is the puck? What in the hell is going on? “Nobody on the ice knew where the puck was,” radio announcer John Weideman said. But Patrick Kane knew. He was the only person in the world for a brief few seconds that knew the Chicago Blackhawks were Stanley Cup Champions.
Kane has scored his fair share of flashy goals. He has scored goals on spin-o-ramas. He scored a goal vs. Montreal a few years ago when he was hovering through the air on his way down to the ice. Those were much more flashy than the Cup winner, but they were certainly not bigger or better goals.
That goal produced enough beer to end a 49-year drought. Chicago was sent into a summer of celebration like no other. The Blackhawks went on to party as a team for over two weeks straight. And Chicago, well, they were drunk on the goal of the decade.