CHICAGO -- This is the thin edge of the wedge.
This is where the focus is the sharpest, the images the most defined.
If the start of every NHL season represents a grand vista full of promise and the unknown -- maybe slightly out of focus because of its vastness -- the Stanley Cup finals are the very opposite.
All eyes turned toward two teams at the end of an epic journey.
In the days before Wednesday's Game 1, it is time to step back, to acknowledge the trek and what it means to be here at this point.