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Chicago's playoff secret is Mario Kart

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Bryan Bickell has kept a player blog on during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. On Tuesday, he shared with us the Hawks secret to success.

How did this team win the 2010 Stanley Cup, break the record for longest point streak to start a season (24 games, 2013), and how have they survived to make it all the way to the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals to face the Boston Bruins? Their secret is Mario Kart.

Bickell says that the Mario Kart tradition started in their 2010 Stanley Cup run. Since then, whenever they go on the road, they bring two Nintendo Wii's and two Mario Kart games with them.

"I'd say there are three No. 1s with myself, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brent Seabrook. Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews are probably tied for No. 2, but it falls off pretty badly from there... Let me tell you, it gets pretty darn intense. There are a lot of dramatic plays at the end, in the last lap of games, and guys get fired up. Troy Brouwer broke a few remotes when he was here. He got livid. Tazer gets fired up at times and stomps his feet, but it's all in good fun." -

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