Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup

Blackhawks top Bruins in thrilling fashion, win Stanley Cup

6/25/13 in NHL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

About six weeks ago, the Boston Bruins were fortunate enough to be on the winning end of one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. Boston topped the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Game 7 during the first round of the NHL playoffs by scoring two goals in the final two minutes, then advancing to the next round by netting a goal in overtime.

In Monday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, however, the Bruins were on the other side of the action.

The Bruins were heading into Monday night facing a 3-2 series deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks, so they knew they would have to come out with a victory if they wanted to keep their championship hopes alive.
Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate with goalie Corey Crawford (50) after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports
With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Bruins were in a good spot with a 2-1 lead. Things changed quickly, however, as the Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell scored a goal with 1:16 remaining. Just 17 seconds later, Dave Bolland netted the goal of the season, as it was his goal that ultimately won the Blackhawks the series-clinching Game 6 matchup by a score of 3-2.

It was a devastating loss for the Bruins, who were hot as could be heading into the series against the Blackhawks. After their thrilling Game 7 win over Toronto in the first round, the Bruins ripped off eight wins in nine tries over the following two series. Of course, they didn't play a team quite like the Blackhawks until the Stanley Cup Finals.

For the Blackhawks, the Stanley Cup victory cements their place in history as one of the NHL's greatest teams of all time. They went on an astounding, record-breaking 24-game point streak during the regular season, and all you ever heard was "it only matters if they win the cup." Well, they won it, so I guess it matters.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was fantastic once again with 23 saves on 25 shots, but was edged out for the Conn Smythe Trophy (postseason MVP) by Patrick Kane, who is the third consecutive American to win the award (Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas).
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