CHICAGO - When you sit ringside, up close, for the best nights of championship boxing, the historical fights, there is no way to identify the winner without a knockout punch or in the end the ring announcer reads out the scorecard.
There was no need for a ring announcer Wednesday night at the United Center, with the kind of feeling common to those who have experienced the gut-wrenching drama when sport is at its best.
It was that way in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
Round 1 to Muhammad Ali.
Round 2 to Joe Frazier.
And so it went for 15 rounds, but there was no fight, just a Stanley Cup hockey game between sluggers and dancers, Game 1 between the fast and the faster. Five minutes it went the Boston Bruins’ way, the next five to the Chicago Blackhawks. Back and forth. A lead, momentum, momenarily until the sudden ending.