Will Hawks be able to top themselves?

Updated: October 1, 2009, 3:03 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

HELSINKI -- The last time we saw the Chicago Blackhawks in a real game, it was May 27 at Joe Louis Arena. Their magical spring tour came to a crashing halt on Darren Helm's overtime goal.

The result was expected, even if heartbreaking, as the young Hawks learned valuable playoff lessons at the hands of the veteran Detroit Red Wings.

On Friday in Helsinki, the Hawks will hit the ice with the Florida Panthers for a game that matters for the first time since then, a Chicago ...

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