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Hockey time for Cubs, Sox

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Hockey was still on the minds of baseball players Thursday, with many of the Cubs and White Sox having attended the Blackhawks decisive game against Detroit
``I used to watch games with my dad,'' said Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, who joined Sox captain Paul Konerko in the ``Shoot the Puck'' promotion during the game.
``I was on the far side when they scored the winning goal. It was just exciting, and afterward going home and seeing how excited everyone was, it was just great. They're a great team to watch and something to be admired in sports.''
Konerko, who grew up playing hockey, had seats at the glass and watched with teammate Adam Dunn and others.
``I had a great time. It was better with the Hawks winning but it was a good game. You could see the guys were leaving it out there.''
Konerko admitted the ``fan's perspective'' of watching the sport was unique.
``For me, the fun part was seeing the fans so into it,'' he said. ``There was a guy to my right who was yelling at [Brent] Seabrook the whole time. He was a Hawks fan but he didn't like him. Then after the game [and Seabrook's winning overtime goal,] the guy is cheering.''
About 25 members of the Sox attended the game, including pitcher Chris Sale who was at his first hockey game.
The Cubs' contingent included former pitcher Kerry Wood, who has been a longtime Hawks fan and friend of players on the team.

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