Chicago fans excited about Blackhawks' chances

May 23, 2010 4:22:55 PM PDT
Chicago hockey fans are giddy with anticipation on the eve of what could be the team's first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1992. Thanks to an overtime win Friday night in game three against San Jose, the Blackhawks now have a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, and they could clinch the Western Conference crown with a win Sunday.

That possibility has got some Chicago fans gearing up for what they hope will be a game four celebration.

Fan John Tolley is using Sharpie markers and touch-up paint to turn his wife's 1991 Dodge Spirit into a custom Blackhawk-mobile. He's sketching some his favorite current and former Hawk players on the car and says he'll have it done before game 4 gainst San Jose.

"I've got a tan, '91 blank canvass here. What can I do? Well, that's what I did," Tolley told ABC7 Chicago.

"You know, I can't help but just absorb all the excitement, and I kind of said, 'Whatever!'" said car owner and wife Chris Tolley.

"It's thrilling for Chicago. It's great because the Hawks are such a great franchise, and they've been a part of the city for such a long time," said fan Tom Blim.

"Chicago loves winning teams, and I feel like I should do my part, buy a jersey and watch some games," fan Erica Dickerson said.

If the Hawks win, they will face either the Philadelphia Flyers or the Montreal Canadiens in the Finals.