If you had to guess who might come up with a key goal for the
Bruins in Game 6, Milan Lucic would probably be near the top of the
list. And sure enough, Lucic, who entered Monday with six playoff
goals, including three in these Cup Finals, gave Boston a 2-1 lead
with 7:49 to play.
It’s certainly a welcome change from the last time we saw
Lucic, at the end of Game 5:
But what happened over the final 90 seconds of regulation may
make Lucic and everyone else on the Bruins bench want to break
their sticks five times over.
With the game seemingly in hand — and Blackhawks fans
likely resigned to a Game 7 on Wednesday — Jonathan Toews and
Bryan Bickell teamed up for a goal to tie the game at 2-2.
Then 17 seconds later, Michael Frolik redirected a Johnny Oduya
shot off the post. The rebound then found the tape of Dave Bolland,
who slammed it home for the series-winner. Bolland’s third goal of
the postseason capped off a stunning and devastating finish you had
to see to believe — one the Bruins and their fans won’t
Let the game begin
Can’t speak for the players, but it sure looked the former
players and famous fans were feeling good before the game:
Breaking noses, breaking … news?
But it was less than cordial on the ice. As has been the case
throughout this series, the hitting was hard and the competition
fierce — but it could have been even nastier … in the
newsroom? You see, if the Bruins had forced a Game 7, Blackhawks
fans who believe in karma would not have been pleased with a couple
of Chicago-based reporters.
The reporters, representing WGN, decided to play the following
prank on the citizens of Boston and paraded around Beantown with a
fake Stanley Cup case before Monday’s game:
Off and skating
And sure enough, the Eastern Conference champs got off to a good
In front of an anxious home crowd, the Bruins got 12 shots on
‘Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford in the first period, and one
of them found twine, as Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly teamed up off
of an offensive-zone faceoff to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with
12:41 left in the frame.
The Blackhawks’ offense, however, was less successful
early, and only got six shots on net in the first 20 minutes. If
anything, the only noteworthy moment for Chicago in the first
period was a scary lowlight, when Game 1 hero Andrew Shaw took a
deflected slap shot to the face, leaving him bloodied on the
Fortunately for the Blackhawks, Shaw — like Boston’s Nathan Horton in Game 5 —
was stitched up and back on the ice for the start of the second
period, and with his return came some good luck for the
Just 4:24 into the second period, at the exact moment that Shaw
emerged from the penalty box following a timeout for roughing,
Jonathan Toews single-handedly took a neutral-zone faceoff into the
Boston zone and beat Tuukka Rask five-hole to tie the game at
Toews’ goal — his third of the postseason —
represented the only scoring in the second period, but it was
hardly short on excitement. After 40 minutes, Rask has stopped 14
of 15 shots for Boston, including this dramatic “toe save” to
preserve the tie:
Meanwhile, Crawford has stymied 17 of 18. And before this one
ends, someone is going to have to bend. The question is, will it
end the series, or force one more game for all the ice chips?