Blackhawks stun Bruins to win Stanley Cup
BOSTON — The Chicago Blackhawks stunned the Boston Bruins with two goals in the final 1:16 of the third period to claim a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night at TD Garden, ending the series with a 4-2 advantage.
Boston had taken a 2-1 lead at 12:11 of the third period on a Milan Lucic goal, but Bryan Bickel one-timed a Jonathan Toews pass home from point-blank range to tie the game with 1:16 remaining.
With 58.3 seconds to go, Dave Bolland knocked a rebound home from the left side to give the Blackhawks their first lead of the game.
Boston pulled goalie Tuukka Rask for the final ticks but could not force overtime. Chicago ran out the clock, left the Bruins heartbroken and won their second Cup in three years.
Lucic's go-ahead goal came off a mishandled puck behind the net got Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. A second giveaway gave David Krecji the puck behind the net.
Krecji threw the puck to the front of the net and Lucic knocked it out of the air and then swept it on goal, banking it off Crawford's blocker, the post and then in.
Chicago seemed to find its game in the second period, pushing back and scoring the lone goal of the frame to tie the game at 1-1 on a tally from Blackhawks captain Toews at 4:24.
Toews was a question mark to play after sitting for the third period of Game 5 with an upper body injury.
The scoring play started with a neutral ice faceoff. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara got caught flat-footed on the right wing boards and Michal Rozsival chipped the puck ahead to Toews, who raced in and snapped a shot through Rask's five-hole.
That set the stage for the third period and the wild finish.
Boston controlled the first period and emerged from the initial 20:00 with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Chris Kelly goal at 7:19.
The goal came after a faceoff win in the Chicago end. Daniel Paille chipped the puck to the slot where Tyler Seguin grabbed it out of the air, dropped it to his stick and then quickly backhanded a pass across the top of the crease to Kelly on the right post for a quick finish into the open cage before Crawford could get across.
Chicago's Patrick Kane earned the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.