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Patrick Kane's overtime goal lifts Chicago to its first Stanley Cup title since 1961

Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd celebrates with Patrick Kane after Ladd scored in the second period. Later, the 21-year-old Kane provided the winner.
Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd celebrates with Patrick Kane after Ladd scored in the second period. Later, the 21-year-old Kane provided the winner. (Matt Slocum/associated Press)
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By Tarik El-Bashir
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA -- Patrick Kane raced around Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen in overtime, then fired a shot from a tight angle.

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And for a moment, Kane knew what no one else at Wachovia Center did: The Chicago Blackhawks had won the Original Six franchise's fourth Stanley Cup and first since 1961. A brief video review confirmed that Kane's shot had indeed slipped between Michael Leighton's pads, clinching the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory in Game 6.

"I knew right away," Kane said. "It was stuck between the meshing there. I can't believe this just happened. To score the winning goal in the Stanley Cup finals. It was just . . . it was just unbelievable."

Scott Hartnell scored his second goal with 3 minutes 59 seconds remaining in regulation to extend Philadelphia's season and get the record crowd of 20,327 to believe that maybe, just maybe, the Flyers had one more comeback left in them.

But that reprieve proved to be only a brief one.

Kane burst down the wing from the top of the Philadelphia zone, turning around Timonen. Then Kane unleashed a low shot from near the goal line that sneaked between Leighton's pads. Leighton had already yielded one soft goal in the game. Kane's ended the Flyers' season.

"I heard the sound; it was a funny sound," Coach Joel Quenneville said. "Nobody knew where the puck was. Kaner thought it was in. The video guy came out, and he knew it was in the net. I didn't know for sure until I saw the net lift and I saw the puck in the back, I said, 'Okay, the party is on.' "

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews claimed the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Despite notching only three assists in the finals, the 22-year-old had seven goals and 29 points in 22 games to top the postseason scoring list.

"Oh my God," Toews said. "It's like that commercial. I'm speechless. We knew from Day One of this season that we had the potential to do it. And to realize our goal, it's an amazing feeling."

Toews added: "It was kind of an awkward celebration. We didn't know what to do. We were all standing around waiting for the official call."

After Toews lifted the Cup above his head, he handed it to teammate Marian Hossa, who had lost in each of the two previous finals -- in 2008 with Pittsburgh and 2009 with Detroit.

"It was very apropos," Quenneville said of Hossa.


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