Blog: Chicago wins Cup in stunner!

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

soon forget.

 

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:

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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

start.

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

ice:

Fortunately for the Blackhawks, Shaw —

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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

offense.

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

1-1.

That must have made Ronald McDonald happy:

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:

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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?