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Chicago all the way

Bickell, Bolland bite Bruins late to win Stanley Cup

Barry Hale (right) paints the face of his brother Jake Pickard before the game. (Michael Dwyer / The Associated Press)
Bruins-Blackhawks, Game 6, June 24, 2013
Brian Rogers holds a replica Stanley Cup beside a statue of Boston Bruins' legend Bobby Orr outside TD Garden before the game. (Michael Dwyer / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins fans pass an over-sized Bruins flag through the stands. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Standing on artificial legs, Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo (in hat), who assisted him at the scene, waves the Boston Strong banner before Game 6. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw lays on the ice after taking a puck to the face during the first period. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center David Krejci and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith rush the net in front of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the first period. (Harry How / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the first period. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chris Kelly celebrates his first-period goal, putting the Bruins ahead 1-0. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya fight for position along the boards during the second period. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (left) skates past the net after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask as Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (right) celebrates. (Harry How / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (left) checks Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya during the second period. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center Rich Peverley (49), defenseman Zdeno Chara (second from left), and goalie Tuukka Rask defend the net against Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane during the second period. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp shoots, and Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk blocks the puck in the third period. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (center) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews Michal Handzus during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins Monday. Bickell's game tied the game 2-2 late in the third period before teammate Dave Bolland potted the winner with less than a minute to play. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with Chicago Blackhawks teammate Marcus Kruger late in the third period. The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 with less than two minutes to play before scoring twice and winning 3-2. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (left) hugs Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford  after winning Game 6 and the Stanley Cup. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara (left), hugs fellow Slovakian/Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa during the post-game handshake. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (left) is congratulated by Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after the horn sounds to end the game. The score: 3-2 Blackhawks. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks fans at TD Garden in Boston cheer after their team beat the hometown Bruins. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gets his turn with the Stanley Cup. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane hoists the Conn Smythe trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Fans celebrate on West Division Street in Chicago Monday after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. (Scott Eisen / The Associated Press)
The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins centers Rich Peverley (left), Patrice Bergeron (37) and teammates salute  the fans. (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook carries the Stanley Cup off the ice amid Blackhawks fans after Chicago beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday. (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Barry Hale (right) paints the face of his brother Jake Pickard before the game. - (Michael Dwyer / The Associated Press)
Brian Rogers holds a replica Stanley Cup beside a statue of Boston Bruins' legend Bobby Orr outside TD Garden before the game. - (Michael Dwyer / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins fans pass an over-sized Bruins flag through the stands. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Standing on artificial legs, Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo (in hat), who assisted him at the scene, waves the Boston Strong banner before Game 6. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw lays on the ice after taking a puck to the face during the first period. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center David Krejci and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith rush the net in front of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the first period. - (Harry How / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the first period. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chris Kelly celebrates his first-period goal, putting the Bruins ahead 1-0. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya fight for position along the boards during the second period. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (left) skates past the net after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask as Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (right) celebrates. - (Harry How / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (left) checks Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya during the second period. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins center Rich Peverley (49), defenseman Zdeno Chara (second from left), and goalie Tuukka Rask defend the net against Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane during the second period. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp shoots, and Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk blocks the puck in the third period. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (center) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews Michal Handzus during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins Monday. Bickell's game tied the game 2-2 late in the third period before teammate Dave Bolland potted the winner with less than a minute to play. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with Chicago Blackhawks teammate Marcus Kruger late in the third period. The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 with less than two minutes to play before scoring twice and winning 3-2. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (left) hugs Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford after winning Game 6 and the Stanley Cup. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara (left), hugs fellow Slovakian/Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa during the post-game handshake. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (left) is congratulated by Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after the horn sounds to end the game. The score: 3-2 Blackhawks. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks fans at TD Garden in Boston cheer after their team beat the hometown Bruins. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gets his turn with the Stanley Cup. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane hoists the Conn Smythe trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Fans celebrate on West Division Street in Chicago Monday after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. - (Scott Eisen / The Associated Press)
The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)
Boston Bruins centers Rich Peverley (left), Patrice Bergeron (37) and teammates salute the fans. - (Elise Amendola / The Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook carries the Stanley Cup off the ice amid Blackhawks fans after Chicago beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday. - (Charles Krupa / The Associated Press)

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 24/6/2013 (1515 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

BOSTON -- Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored goals 17 seconds apart Monday as the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in dramatic fashion with an amazing 3-2 last-minute comeback victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the final.

Milan Lucic's third-period goal had seemed to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory and a new lease of life in the final.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after his team scored two third-period goals in 17 seconds to stun the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6.

CHARLES KRUPA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after his team scored two third-period goals in 17 seconds to stun the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6.

But with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford out for an extra attacker, Bickell tied it up at 18:44 after Jonathan Toews circled out of the corner when Boston was unable to clear the puck. With two teammates waiting for him in front of the goal, Toews chose Bickell and the game was suddenly tied.

Bolland then won the Cup seconds after the puck drop, tucking in a rebound of a Johnny Oduya point shot that hit the goalpost. Bolland nipped between two defenders to redirect the puck in at 19:01 to stun the Bruins and previously raucous crowd at TD Garden.

Toews, reduced to a spectator the final minutes of Game 5, added a goal and an assist for Chicago as the Blackhawks clawed their way back into the game. The captain was the first to hoist the Cup as his teammates jumped up and down.

'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'-- Jonathan Toews

Crawford finished with 23 saves in the victory that marked Chicago's fifth championship and second in four years.

"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."

Added Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville: "It's always the greatest feeling in the world, so it can't be any better. So it's always a tie, and once you do it, you can't wait to do it again. The stories, the ups and downs and the process of trying to win a Cup, that's what makes it so special.

Chris Kelly had the other goal for Boston, while Tuukka Rask made 28 saves. The Bruins offence was limited by a power play that went 0-for-4 on the night.

Lucic had taken advantage of a Crawford handling error behind the goal to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 12:11. The bruising forward disrupted the Chicago goalie and when the puck came back in front from David Krejci in the corner, Lucic wristed it in.

The Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2011, had their way with the Blackhawks in the first period, but only managed to turn that dominance into a 1-0 lead. Chicago rallied in the second to tie it up and make a contest out of it before completing the memorable comeback.

Tied 1-1 going into the third, the game was up for grabs. And the stakes were high, ratcheting up the pressure for the capacity crowd of 17,565 -- Boston's 165th straight sellout.

It made for a fast-placed third period, with both teams getting chances in what felt like overtime. A lot of hearts were in throats as pucks flew through the crease or just missed sticks.

Both goalies -- Rask for Boston and Crawford for Chicago -- were in the zone. They never really left it during a series where goals were hard to come by most nights.

Both teams endured a bumpy ride to get to Game 6. There were question marks over the health of Chicago's Toews and Boston star Patrice Bergeron. It was revealed that Toews had his bell rung in Game 5, while Bergeron had a broken rib and cartilage damage before separating his shoulder in Game 6.

Chicago's Marian Hossa, who was dealing with a back injury, and Boston's Nathan Horton were also playing hurt.

The players also had to contend with searing summer heat in the low 30s that did little for the ice. It was warmer in Beantown than Libya. A thin layer of fog was visible over the ice as the Bruins started their morning skate over some bumpy ice.

Monday matched the deepest the Stanley Cup playoffs have stretched into the summer. New Jersey capped its sweep of Detroit on June 24, 1995, in the last lockout-shortened season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was once again booed after the game. Chicago sniper Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe award as playoff MVP.

The final, the first to feature Original Six teams since Montreal defeated the New York Rangers in 1979, did not disappoint.

There were three overtime games and plenty of drama as the speed and skill of Chicago was matched against the hard-hitting Bruins who balanced talent with truculence. But in truth, both teams had a bit of everything including clutch goaltending and a high pain threshold.

 

-- The Canadian Press

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Updated on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 6:37 AM CDT: replaces photo, adds slideshow

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