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Roadwatch - Game 5 Blackhawks vs Fliers

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

Close friends and complete strangers in the Rockford area have been gathering together every other night since May 29, 2010 at local Sports Bars to cheer for the Chicago Blackhawks as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals. The majority of the fans can be seen wearing their favorite hockey sweaters and t-shirts supporting the Blackhawks. As time has gone on, the strangers have become familiar faces to each other within the crowded bar area of the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant & Bar located on Hwy 173. Faithful fans start gathering as early as 2 hours prior to game time just to get the prime seating in the bar area. Friendships have been forged between the wait staff and the fans there for the games.

The Blackhawks came through on Sunday night, winning 7-4 and now lead the series 3-2. Of all the frequent cheers heard tonight during the game, the loudest cheering occurred when Blackhawk Dustin Byfuglien layed out Flyers' Chris Pronger with a hard hit. Game 6 will be held on June 9th and yes, we will be watching it on the big screens together with our fellow fans at Buffalo Wild Wings. If you're in the area, stop by and join us. 

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Fans react with loud cheers and high fives to Brent Seabrook scoring the first goal for the Blackhawks on Sunday night.

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Cheers sound out after Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg scored a goal.

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A prank was played on a frequent customer by one of the friendly wait staff at Buffalo Wild WIngs.

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