The Chicago Blackhawks were 76 seconds away from defeat in the hands of the Boston Bruins and a trip back home for a decisive Game 7, but in a span of 17 seconds, Chicago scored two goals and was able to hoist the Stanley Cup for a second time in 4 seasons. Within those 17 seconds, the Blackhawks turned a materializing loss into a championship clincher.
VERY LATE in the 3rd and final period, Bryan Bickell tied the game; then, while the Bruins were settling in for another overtime in a series that has already had its share (Game 1, 2 and 4), Dave Bolland quickly scored to give Chicago a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.
After the Bruins fans started filing out of the arena and all that was left were the faithful traveling Blackhawks fans wearing White and Red sweaters lining up in the front rows around the ice, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman handed the 35-pound Cup to Chicago captain, Jonathan Toews, and he skated the Cup right in front of the fans who lined the front row behind the net. Toews banged on the glass while the remaining Bruins fans headed up the runways.
He then continued the tradition of handing it from player to player before the team settled to the side of the faceoff circle for a picture with the trophy they will possess for the next 12 months.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy (awarded annually to the player judged most valuable player to his team during the Stanley Cup playoffs) after collecting a team-high 19 points throughout the playoffs.
“I think there were a lot of guys that deserved it,” Kane said on NBC just after the announcement. “I think Corey Crawford (goalie) might have gotten snubbed, to be honest with you. It’s a hell of an achievement. I think it speaks more for my team than for myself, personally, playing with great players.”
Kane had nine goals and 10 assists in 23 playoff games. He had three goals and two assists in the six games against the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. He finished with seven goals and two assists in the final eight games of the playoffs.
Note: The Blackhawks opened the season on a 21-0-3 streak and coasted to the Presidents’ Trophy that goes to the team with the best regular-season record.
The city of Chicago and Blackhawks fans everywhere thank you….
LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!