Sport: American Affair

Sirens screamed. A string of firecrackers sounded off for a full minute, popping on the ice. A dead fish was tossed across the arena. Hats soared.

Chicago never got quite so heated up over ice hockey as it did last week when its Black Hawk pros whipped the Montreal Canadiens 3-0, putting themselves in the final play-off for the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1944.

Excitement ran just as high in Detroit after its Red Wings had beaten the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that had led the league through much of...

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