Pattrick Kane. Jonathan Teows. Corey Crawford. The stars certainly align when one talks about the Chicago Blackhawks. However, they faced a rugged course through the playoffs, with success in serious doubt. Through perseverance, poise, and precision, the Blackhawks rose to the pinnacle of hockey. For the second time in three years, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.
The Blackhawks went into Game 6 with victory in sight, but injury in mind. Captain Jonathan Toews was ailed by injury, as was Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. With top line stars hurt, the game was set to become a classic. It was just that.
The first period bred the game’s first goal. Boston’s Chris Kelly scored on a 16 foot snap shot to give the Bruins the lead. The crowd stood in ovation as Boston grabbed a crucial lead. The lead stood for a period in length, and the Bruins were sitting pretty.
However, a captain earns his title in big moments. Jonathan Toews did just that. With the second period winding down, Toews scored a critical game-tying goal. His unassisted 21-foot snap shot converted the power play for Chicago, and set up a thrilling third period.
The Bruins would score what seemed to be a game-winning goal. However, with 1:16 left Chicago emptied the net. Brian Bickel tied the game for the Hawks, and overtime looked to be on the docket. That is, until Dave Bolland scored in e final minute to clinch the cup for Chicago.
Boston lost without ignominy, valiantly representing the phrase “Boston Strong.” In the Stanley Cup finals, the best team finishes first. The Chicago Blackhawks were that team.