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Unfurling great expectations

Blackhawks raise banner well prepared to avoid post-championship letdown

Updated: October 2, 2013, 11:27 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- It was a dignified, almost somber goodbye to a friend: a single, solitary spotlight shining on a table at center ice, where the sterling silver cup the Chicago Blackhawks' core have come to know so well sat gleaming atop the good linens.

The organization knows how to savor moments like these, even after so many recent moments like these. And so, each player emerged Tuesday night from the tunnel behind the East goal, skating past the Cup, acknowledging but not touching, before ...

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