Bigger than the Cubs?

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

It doesn't compare to John Lennon saying the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," but in the sporting circle of the Windy City, it's a bold statement.

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell said the excitement brewing in that city over his team's resurgence would have been hard to imagine a few years ago.

"We're bigger than the Cubs right now. If you can be bigger than the Cubs or the White Sox at any given time, then you know you're doing something right," Campbell said. "It's a big event to go to a game. I've only been in Chicago a short time, but I can feel the buzz."

A wacky coaching trend

Of the four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup chase, three are being led by head coaches who weren't in that seat to start the season.

Like Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh and Paul Maurice in Carolina, Chicago's Joel Quenneville had to get his whistle out of mothballs part way into the campaign.


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