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Hawks Return Home with Cup; Celebration in Chicago on Friday
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Stanley Cup returned to Chicago for the first time in 49 years early Thursday morning, and its arrival along with the Blackhawks at O'Hare International Airport warranted a water cannon salute.

The Blackhawks ended the NHL's longest championship drought in Philadelphia with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flyers last night. The team last won the trophy in 1961.

The Hawks brought the Cup home on a chartered jet that taxied to a private terminal at O'Hare just before 4 a.m. A pair of Chicago Fire Department trucks blasted celebratory arcs of water over the jet.

After the plane stopped, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews emerged holding the Cup over his head. He walked down the steps, followed by his teammates and coaches.

The Blackhawks' official championship celebration will take place in downtown Chicago Friday morning.

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