The Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Boston Bruins last night in an epic 4-3 victory in what went down as the fifth-longest Stanley Cup match in NHL history. After a grueling 5 hour contest, Chicago forward Andrew Shaw happened to be in the right place at the right time when he deflected Michal Rozsival’s shot attempt into the back of the Boston net. Shaw found himself knocked down near the boards but was quick to collect himself once the puck came to Michal Rozsival, who initiated the winning sequence with a shot thirteen minutes into the 6th period. Rozsival’s shot first deflected off of Dave Bolland and luckily deflected again of Shaw for a score and a thrilling sudden death victory. When interviewed about the goal afterward, Shaw admitted that the game ending goal was “luck”.
Although the Blackhawks have plenty of talent and apparently luck to rely on, the Hawks can attribute some of the pregame hype and mental preparation to the agenda of “pump-up” songs played each game night before and during the games. In fact, the Blackhawks track listing has become so popular that the NHL posts a list of the game-time tracks on their website. Here’s a ranking of the top 5 tracks played during Blackhawks games.
5. Re-Education – Rise Against (best warm-up song)
The heavy guitar and bass riffs with the accompaniment of Tim Mcllrath’s edgy but crisp vocals will pump up any athlete to get their minds in game-mode. On top of that, Rise Against is a Chicago-based band. How fitting.
4. Eulogy – Tool (best penalty kill song)
The chilling but motivating instrumentals of Tool’s smash hit make any Blackhawk penalty kill exciting as can be.
3. Hump de Bump – Red Hot Chili Peppers (best stoppage song)
What better tune to keep players and fans alike engaged during stoppage time in the match than RHCP’s hit “Hump de Bump” off Stadium Arcadium.
2. Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones (Best end of game song)
Other than the not-so-surprising top-ranked song, on this list Blackhawk fans file out of the stadium listening to this classic Stones hit from 1971.
1. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis (Best victory song ever)
No shocker here. Could “Chelsea Dagger” be the greatest celebration song in sports? Any die-hard Blackhawks fan would think so. Seeing drunken Blackhawks fans scream “da da da da da da” at the cameras in the United Center after a victory is a true visual sports marvel.