As the hockey purists and histiorians look back at this year’s Stanley Cup Final series; one thing will be certian; it was up their with the best. The Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins battle the Champions from the West Chicago Blackhawks.
There were many lead changes, as well as three of the five games going to overtime. Game one in Chicago showed the Chicago Blackhwaks battle back twice from a two goal deficet to win in triple OT by the score of 4-3. Game two also went into overtime where the Bruins scored and tied the series. The series then moved to Boston where the Bruins won 2-0 and took a two games to one lead in the series.
Game four in Boston is where Chicago stole the momemtum from Boston and refused to give it back. Twice the Bruins battle back being down by two goals. The end to end action accounted for 11 goals as the Blackhawks won in overtime 6-5. With the seires tied at 2-2, the series shifted back to Chicago where the Blackhwaks won 3-1.
Coming back to Boston up three games to two, the Bruins needed to a victory to force a game seven. Boston took a first period 1-0 into the locker room. Chicago tied it in the 2nd. Boston score with about 7:30 left in regulation to take the lead. With about 1:40 left, Chicago pulled their goalie. It truely looked like we were heading back to Chicago for a game seven.
Now I have been watching hockey for 42 years. What happened next I had never seen before. The Blackhwaks scored with about 1:13 left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. Or did they?
Seventeen seconds later Chicago stunned the sell out crowd at TG Garden and scored again to take the lead with :58 left. They went on to hold the lead and won the Stanley Cup. It was the Blackhawks second cup in four years. Patrick Kane was named the Conn Smythe winning as the playoffs’ most valuable player.
The series went six games, three of the six went to OT. Had this series gone seven, it would have gone dwn as one of the greatest Staley Cup Finals ever.
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