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Monday, May 4, 2009
We're back in the Windy City! Playoff fever is here

CHICAGO -- Yes, folks, hockey is back in the Windy City.

I've switched series for a few days, flying from Detroit to Chicago this morning. As I drove my rental car to the United Center, I couldn't believe my eyes.

About 100 Blackhawks fans were lined up around the corner of the building at the United Center, hoping against hope to snap up the limited tickets available for Tuesday night's Game 3.

"I can't remember the last time I saw that for hockey," said veteran Hawks writer Tim Sassone of the suburban newspaper, the Daily Herald.

Lindsay Hirschfield, 25, and Ryan O'Leary, 30, lined up at 10 p.m. local time Sunday night. They were the first to get their tickets 12 hours later. It was well worth the effort, they said.

"We're delirious," said Hirschfield, who was wearing a Hawks jersey.

Saturday night's 6-3 win in Vancouver, which tied the second-round series at 1, was the clincher for them.

"If they went down 2-0 in the series, we're not doing this," O'Leary said. "But it's a beautiful day."