1. I was at the Escondite in downtown Los Angeles with all my close Chicago friends, and the place exploded with joy and excitement. No one knew we were going to win this one with 70 seconds left in the game. Everything changed, and we were elated.

2. I'll remember the dream team: Toews, Kane, Hossa, Crawford, and the boys. Seeing them at the United Center a few times this year was great. I'm proud of them and my cousin Annie Camins who works for the Hawks. She's getting another ring in the mail.


Scott Bolohan, RedEye contributor

1. Um yeah, I was by myself in my apartment. But I was party rockin' some hummus and pita chips. I'm still not sure I really believe they scored those two goals in the last minute.

2. I mean Andrew Shaw's face is pretty ingrained in my memory right now, but I would imagine it'll eventually be the start of the season when they actually made me consider that they wouldn't lose a game all year.


Sarah Bruce, 35, Wicker Park

1. I work in Wicker Park. I was working at Jerry's sandwich shop. Not your typical sports bar. Huge drop down screen with sound. Had the spill over from the crazy packed bars on Division. Awesome, excited crowd! Every second of the game we were all on our toes. Two goals in 17 seconds?! Are you kidding me?!! The sounds from inside the bar and out on the street were insane. The sound of the city came alive with 56 seconds left. I was so nervous and excited! Sick moment for all Hawks fans! In 2010 I was working at a bar in the South Loop. Still as, if not more, electrifying! Hawks baby!!!! Chitown for eva!!!!!

2. I would have to say the excitement of so many consecutive wins and looking forward to winning the Cup. I love how Chicago stands behind their teams and the love of the game.


Val Capone, 34, Roscoe Village

1. I opted for the low key atmosphere of Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village. Known for their delish food and live music, many people wondered why I picked a non-sports bar to watch such an important game. Actually, Beat Kitchen is one of my favorite places to watch sports. It's the kind of place that will always have the game on up front and have an awesome band playing in the back room.

All of 30 people were in the room and all 60 eyes were turned to the action in Boston. I nabbed a seat at the end of the bar, just under one of their two flat screens, and set up my rally towels. One was from the 2010 Stanley Cup run, the other from Game 1 of the 2013 bid. Armed with those towels, my iPad, cell phone and some pretty excellent pizza, I was all set.

Over the course of the game my excitement translated into a flurry of towel swinging, Chelsea Dagger singing and some pretty choice words I'm sure Andrew Shaw could relate to. As soon as Coach Q pulled Crow I knew, I just KNEW we had this. Bickell's goal confirmed it and 17 glorious seconds later I had tears in my eyes when Bolland sealed the deal.

2. I'll definitely have mixed emotions when I look back on the 2013 season. As a bartender at the United Center and a skater for the Windy City Rollers since 2004, the NHL lockout was a bitter pill for me to swallow.

The shortened season turned into a fantastic roller coaster ride well worth the wait, however. The jam-packed schedule. The streak. The never-ending string of OTs. The trophies. The kind of victories that could only come from a team that somehow always found a way to dig deeper than their opponents. The kind of team that could only come out of Chicago.