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Tuesday, June 25, 2013



CHI:   J. Toews (04:24 - 2nd) , B. Bickell (18:44 - 3rd) , D. Bolland (19:01 - 3rd)
BOS:   C. Kelly (07:19 - 1st) , M. Lucic (12:11 - 3rd)

CHI: C. Crawford (W)
 BOS: T. Rask (L)

         Last night in Boston, it was do or die for the Bruins as they were facing elimination on home ice against the Chicago Blackhawks. 7 minutes in, Seguin played the puck over to Kelly on the right wing and he one-timed a shot past Crawford to make it to 1-0 Bruins. With 4 minutes to play in the first, Thortons point shot deflected off the stick of Shaw and into his face. He went down, but would be okay. The Bruins dominated the first outshooting Chicago 12-6, but Crawford kept them in. 4 minutes into the second, Toews came up the right wing and fired a shot past Rask to tie the game.

     The shots were 9-6 Chicago in the second. 12 minutes into the third,  Krecji centred the puck to Lucic and he scored to make it 2-1 Boston. It looked like the Bruins have the game in the bag, but the Blackhawks never quit. Then with under 2 minutes to play, Seguin had the puck in the slot and fired it off the post. That would have been game over. 1:17 to go and Toews centred the puck to Bickell and he scored to tie the game at 2-2. Overtime may been on it's way, well thats what everyone thought. 17 seconds later, Froliks shot was stopped, but Bolland was there to put home the rebound to make it 3-2.

        Bolland dropped his gloves as if it was overtime and it pretty much was as the Hawks complete one of
the most Improbable combacks in Stanley Cup Final history on route to their second cup in their last four years. In the win, Crawford made 23 saves. In the loss, Rask made 28 saves. The last time the Hawks won the cup was also in 6 game back in 2010 against the Flyers. "That team in 2010, we didn't really know what we were doing," Toews said. "We played great hockey, and we were kind of oblivious to how good we were playing. This time around we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here, and this is an unbelievable group.

     "We've been through a lot together this year, and this is a sweet way to finish it off." Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy for best player in the playoffs."I think it speaks more for my team than myself, personally," Kane said. "Playing with great players, it was the best year of my life just playing with these guys." The Blackhawks deserved this cup more than any other team in the league as they have excellent goaltending, All-Star offense and a solid wall of defense. As for the Bruins, they made it here based off 1 scoring line, strong defense and a stellar goaltender. "I've seen [comebacks like this] happen in soccer, in the [UEFA] Champions League, but not in hockey," Blackhawks center Michal Handzus said about the improbable comeback. "Especially at this big stage, Game 6, elimination game, being in the road building and to score two goals in the last minute to win the Cup. Wow, that's incredible."

The 2013 Stanley Cup Champions are the Chicago Blackhawks.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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