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McNeil: Blackhawks Got Lucky

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Corey Crawford celebrates with Nick Leddy. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Corey Crawford celebrates with Nick Leddy. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By Dan McNeil-

I agree with the adage that suggests “luck is where hard work meets opportunity.”

It was coined by a first-century Roman philosopher named Seneca, but I always attribute it to former Blackhawk Richie Preston. It’s more colorful that way and it’s a way to keep the name of one of the hardest-working Hawks ever alive.

These Hawks are hard workers. They dutifully have taken their lunch pails to work and have prevailed in back-to-back multiple-overtime playoff games. Bravo.

It’s accurate, however, to suggest the Blackhawks are lucky to be up a game in their Stanley Cup Final against Boston.

As much as anything, the Bruins refused to win it. They had odd-man breaks. They had two power play chances in extra sessions, both courtesy of too many men on the ice violations.

For the rest of McNeil’s column from the Tribune, please click here.

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