Konroyd: Blackhawks up 'passion play' in Game 2

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Konroyd: Blackhawks up 'passion play' in Game 2

Two games in and this series has taken more twists and turns than a Bavarian pretzel. You'd think the Hawks were playing the Canucks! You couldn't write a script and have it turn out any more unpredictable. The funny part is how similar both games have unfolded with some common themes:

Act 1: Get out to a fast start and build an early lead.
Act 2: Hurt one of the other teams important players and get him out of the game early.
Act 3: Give up the lead and trail for a good portion of the game.
Act 4: Wait until the dying seconds of the game before tying it.
Act 5: Lay it all on the line in overtime.

This is why I love sports. Unscripted drama played out by athletes playing with passion. And that's what the playoffs are all about.

It's "will" over "skill" at this time of year, and that's exactly what is happening on the ice. The Blackhawks upped their "passion play" in Game 2, almost hit as many Coyotes as they had shots on net (which is always a good idea in the playoffs) and put Phoenix on the ropes just prior to Bryan Bickell scoring the biggest goal of his young NHL career. As with any great drama this story has plenty of great subplots, many of which will be reported on in the next couple of days.

The good news for us sports lovers, this thriller isn't even halfway over.

Wake-up Call: Cubs breathe sigh of relief; Chapman cuts it close against White Sox

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Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Kyle Schwarber has rocky start to Triple-A stint

How to watch, stream White Sox vs. Yankees

Jordan Howard wants to lead Bears... and lead the league

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Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Five time major champion, Phil Mickelson, was in Chicago on Monday to promote the KPMG Women's PGA championship.

Mickelson took a 45-minute CTA train ride from Millennium Station to Olympia Fields CC, demonstrating how hassle free it is to get to the event.

While on the train, CSN's Pat Boyle interviewed Mickelson. They discussed Phil skipping the US Open, Tiger's dash cam video and how difficult the decision was for Mickelson to part with his longtime caddy, Jim "Bones" Mackay.

Lefty also talked about the revolving door of first time winners at the last 7 majors and what is left on his golf "to do" list.