By Chris Kuc
John McDonough hugged the Stanley Cup, passed his 2013 championship ring around to fans and strolled through the Hockey Hall of Fame gift shop.
Even as the Blackhawks are going full steam ahead trying to capture another Cup, celebrations of their latest conquest continue. Such was the case when McDonough and other team executives presented the Hall of Fame with a ring for display before the Hawks’ 7-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.
Once the puck was dropped, the Hawks found out the hard way the news isn’t always good. They were outskated, outworked and outclassed by a Leafs team that snapped a three-game skid.
Goaltender Antti Raanta was shelled for five goals on 25 shots before being yanked in favor of Kent Simpson — who promptly allowed a goal on the first NHL shot he faced.