The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Monday night after a last-minute rally against the Boston Bruins. Chicago’s Bryan Bickell tied the game at 2, scoring with 1:16 left to play, and the Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland scored again 17 seconds later.
Chicago also won the championship in 2010, but only nine players remain from that team:
“We went through losing basically half a team, even more so,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after Monday night’s 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins gave the Blackhawks the title in a six-game series.
Key players from that championship team three years ago remained — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland.
“There’s something about our core,” said Kane, the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. “Hopefully we can stay together a long time because that’s two Cups in four years, and we seem to only be getting better and better as players as time goes on here.
“We can go up and down the line and name off guys and how they contributed to this team and this game. It’s just a great group.”
Fans in Chicago celebrated until this morning:
Hours after returning from their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins, the team gave awed fans a close-up look at the gleaming Stanley Cup on Tuesday, hauling their prize around to bars and restaurants around the city for the second time in four seasons.
Just like in 2010, their first stop was at Harry Caray’s in suburban Rosemont, where more than a thousand fans were waiting before sunrise in hopes the team would again use the Italian steakhouse to kick off their party. Players took turns lifting the trophy above their heads as fans went wild, still barely able to fathom the two third-period goals just 17 seconds apart that gave the Hawks the win. . .
The team and their families wound their way through Chicago in a convoy of limos and buses under police escort and trailed by TV news helicopters. At their second stop, The Scout bar in the South Loop area of downtown, team members greeted cheering fans outside with high-fives before filing into the bar. Mayor Rahm Emanuel even showed up to share in the fun, WBBM reported.
The Bruins, meanwhile, were dealing with injuries:
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron knows how to play through pain. After gingerly skating off in his last shift of Game 5, then being taken to the hospital with a mystery injury, Bergeron fessed up after Game 6 about what exactly was wrong with him. And it was not another concussion. It was a list of other areas: a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscles and a separated shoulder. “It’s Stanley Cup Final. Everyone’s banged up. Everyone wants to help the team and obviously I couldn’t do that in Game 5,” Bergeron said. “It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt, so that’s why we had to go to the hospital. But everything was fine so it was just the ribs, and the muscles, and the soft tissue.”
The Blackhawks won the championship series 4-2.