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Our friends at ChicagoSide are not despairing the Blackhawks' current 2-1 series deficit to the hated Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semis.

In fact, correspondent Meghan Kluth has a few reasons why Blackhawks fans should just chill. After all, comebacks are in our sports nature. At least some of the time.


"Chelsea Dagger" has become as much a part of Blackhawks culture as the Indian head and playoff mullets. It's played after every goal, after every win. It's played at other Chicago sporting events as an homage, from the pros to colleges to high schools. Heck, during the Stanley Cup Final in 2010, The Fratellis stopped during a live show at the Metro to play it after a Hawks goal. 

But has it jumped the shark, like Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll (Part 2)" ?  Or will the song endure? Released by The Fratellis in 2006, introduced as the Hawks' goal song during the 2008-09 season, and etched into Chicago's consciousness during the unforgettable 2009-10 season, "Chelsea Dagger" is beloved by the Hawks faithful. 

As the Hawks continue their march through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sun-Times asks the un-askable -- is it time for a new celebration song, or will "Chelsea Dagger" become as much a part of Hawks lore as Denis Savard's spin-o-rama?

Let's hear what you think.


Left to right: John McDonough, Stan Bowman, Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Rocky Wirtz at an event at United Center to announce new players, Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. (Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times)

Yes, the Blackhawks are in the midst of a short cold patch, but they're still the hottest team in town. And President John McDonough is seeing the benefits of success.

McDonough, in the third year of a five-year contract got an extension Monday through 2016. The man who helped bring the Blackhawks back to TV - and who helped make the Cubs a household brand name - will continue to improve momentum for the once moribund Original Six team.

"(McDonough's) commitment, insight and guidance have led the organization to record attendance, unprecedented season ticket sales, new sponsorships and partnerships with WGN Radio and WGN-TV," team owner Rocky Wirtz said in a memo Monday to executives of Wirtz Corp., which owns the Blackhawks and other businesses.

"Recently we sent a message that we were serious about the future and about winning the Stanley Cup by signing a key group of players to long-term contracts," Mr. Wirtz wrote in the memo. "Having a front office second to none will be critical to that success."