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Hawks Win Cup



The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with an incredible 3-2 comeback win over the Boston Bruins in the dying minutes of game 6, Monday night in Boston..

The amazing comeback came just moments after Boston's Milan Lucic scored to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead midday through the third period.

But with less than 90 seconds to go and Chicago with the extra attacker, Bryan Bickell tied it up at 18:44 on a close in pass from Jonathan Toews and, suddenly, the game was tied.

Then, more shockingly for Beantown, Hawks forward Dave Bolland scored seconds later, on a rebound of a point shot from Johnny Oduya that hit the goal-post. Bolland redirected the puck in at 19:01 stunning Bruin fans in the Garden and everywhere..

Toews, who had a goal and an assist for Chicago hoisted the Cup as his teammates jumped up and down.

 "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.

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

Chris Kelly scored the other goal for Boston, while Tuukka Rask made 28 saves. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power play.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman handed to Conn Smythe trophy to Buffalo native Patrick Kane as the playoff MVP.

The final was the first to feature Original Six teams since Montreal defeated the New York Rangers in 1979,

The Blackhawks become the first team in the salary cap era to win the Cup twice having won it in 2010 defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2.

In this year's playoffs, the Hawks eliminated Minnesota (4-1), Detroit (4-3, a series they trailed 3-1) and Los Angeles (4-1).

Boston survived the Toronto Maple Leafs, barely (4-3, mounting a historic three-goal comeback in the third period of Game 7 to win in OT), the New York Rangers (4-1) and Pittsburgh (4-0).


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