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Blackhawks' McDonough: 'Ultimate goal' was to win Stanley Cup at home

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Blackhawks' McDonough: 'Ultimate goal' was to win Stanley Cup at home

Winning multiple Stanley Cups within a short period of time is nice and all, but there was something missing for Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough.

2010 saw the team break their Cup-less drought against the Flyers in Philadelphia. Then in 2013, they mounted in an incredible comeback in Boston to take down the Bruins and clinch another Stanley Cup.

So what was missing for McDonough and the Blackhawks? 

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"We said before when we were fortunate enough to win it in Boston that the ultimate goal, the ultimate one goal, would be to win in here on home ice in Chicago," McDonough said. "And to do it in such dramatic fashion here tonight...

"People will remember this forever. This was historic."

See what else McDonough had to say on the ice after Game 6 in the video above. 

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson played for the Blackhawks for 10 years and won three Stanley Cups with the team so his return to the United Center was a big deal.

The defenseman, now with the Arizona Coyotes, made his return to Chicago in Thursday's game. The Blackhawks had a tribute video for him during the game and the crowd gave him a standing ovation after the video.

He was teary-eyed after getting the warm reception.

Hjalmarsson was traded by the Blackhawks to the Coyotes for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin after the 2016-17 season. He played against the Blackhawks on Oct. 21 and again on Feb. 12 last season, but both games were in Arizona.

Injuries limited Hjalmarsson to 48 games last season and he missed Arizona's only trip to the United Center last season, which came in December.

Watch the video above to see Hjalmarsson's tribute and reaction.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

Mark Lazerus and Hub Arkush join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Corey Crawford’s return and what it means for the team’s playoff chances.

Khalil Mack misses practice again. The guys debate if it would be better to leave him out vs. the Patriots.

The latest on the MLB playoffs with controversy in Houston and gamesmanship by the Brewers.

Will Perdue and Kendall Gill join the panel to discuss Kris Dunn’s absence from the opener and the team’s playoff chances this season.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.

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