Well, this is one way to take in a Blackhawks game.
As the Blackhawks were taking down the Florida Panthers in shootouts Tuesday night at the United Center, a frisky couple decided to play a game of tonsil hockey behind Joel Quenneville.
And the CSN cameras caught it:
That's an epic Kiss Cam.
Shoot the Puck ain't got nothin' on Tonsil Hockey.
The camera never shows Q turning around, but the way he sidles off further down the Blackhawks bench, maybe he sensed there was a "last call at Hangge Uppe" vibe going on just a few feet behind him.
h/t to Sarah Lauch:
Chicago fans won't like to hear this because it will bring back "what if" memories on potentially winning three Stanley Cups in a row from 2013-15, but the Blackhawks-Kings playoff series in 2014 will go down as one of the most entertaining in the salary cap era between two powerhouses at the time.
Although he wasn't part of the organization yet, Colliton remembers watching that series and he has the same feelings now about it as he did then.
"I can say that the seven-game series in between Cup runs, that’s the best hockey I’ve ever seen," Colliton said. "I was working with my Swedish team but I was home, so I typically was able to watch most of the playoffs. I just remember texting some of my people back in Sweden and saying, 'Hey, wake up. You need to wake up. These games are unbelievable.' It’s been a special rivalry."
Patrick Kane concurred.
"I agree with that completely," he said ahead of Friday's Blackhawks-Kings matchup at the United Center. "The way the games played out, the comeback in the series, [Michal] Handzus and a complete overtimes there, us coming back in Game 6, then being up in Game 7 and them scoring in overtime. It's probably as close of a series as you can get. Both teams were pretty evenly matched. Not only that, it was just fun hockey to play, it was probably fun hockey to watch for the fans and probably the best hockey I've played as far as being part of a playoff series."
Conference Final matchup for the second year in a row. High scoring. Intense drama. A double overtime game and an overtime Game 7 for a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup? It doesn't get much better than that.
The Kings, obviously, got the fortunate bounce in overtime and went on to beat the New York Rangers in five games for their second Stanley Cup in three years. Chicago will always wonder whether it would have been three consecutive championships, but one thing is for certain: it was a treat to watch for hockey fans.
The Chicago Blackhawks finally earned new head coach Jeremy Colliton his first NHL win on Wednesday night against the rival St. Louis Blues. On Friday night, the Blackhawks welcime another familiar foe to town, the Los Angeles Kings.
It was a significant moment after three straight losses under Colliton, who was brought in to replace the legendary Joel Quenneville in an attempt to help an underperforming roster reach the playoffs this season. The team will look to build on that momentum against a Kings team that is struggling in their own right, coming to the Windy City on a three-game losing streak.
Corey Crawford, who shut out the Blues on Wednesday, is projected to start on Friday night. Peter Budaj is projected to start for the Kings in goal.
BLACKHAWKS VS. KINGS: HOW TO WATCH
What: Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks
When: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
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