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The Chicago Blackhawks Win the Stanley Cup After A Late Rally

by Photo of Karly Redpath

With a 1:16 left in the game, the Blackhawks scored 2 goals to win Game 6 and the Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Blackhawks Win the Stanley Cup After A Late Rally

After Bruins forward Milan Lucic scored a goal with about 7 minutes to go in the third period of Game 6 to put the Boston Bruins up 2-1, it seemed as if Game 7 would decide who would win the Cup. However the Blackhawks battled back and with a 1:16 left in the game scored a goal to tie it. 17 seconds later, they scored again. 59 seconds after that, they were the 2013 Stanley Cup champions.

Monday night, Chicago Blackhawks surprisingly hoisted the Stanley Cup high above their heads in celebration. Game 6 took place at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and the energy in the stadium was high from the start. Bruins' forward Chris Kelly scored the first goal in the game off a faceoff in the Chicago zone; forward Tyler Seguin had an assist on the play.

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Though the Blackhawks were able to keep themselves at a one goal deficit through the first, it was clear that the Bruins came out confident and played with a physical, 'in your face' sort of attitude. The 4 Bruins powerplays in the first two periods didn't make things look good for Chicago, whose penalty kill was very successful in Game 6. Throughout the first period the Blackhawks' play looked sloppy, and gave the Bruins a one goal at a lead.

Later in the second, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored an unassisted goal off a faceoff in the neutral zone and beat Bruins' defenseman Zdeno Chara along the boards. Toews snuck one between the pads of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.

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The game remained tied at 1 until the third period.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford kept his team in the game from beginning to end totaling 23 saves on the evening. Bruins goalie, Tuukka Rask,  also came up with some big saves to keep the game tied. Like this one:

With 7 to go in the third period Lucic scored his fourth goal of the series. After Crawford mishandled the puck behind the net which led to a turnover. Krejci handled the puck behind and made a quick pass to Lucic in front of the goal. The puck bounced over Crawford's right leg and into the goal. The Bruins had a one goal lead.

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With less than two minutes to go, it looked as if Game 7 was imminent. However, the hockey gods would not allow it.

With about 1:30 left in the game, Chicago pulled Corey Crawford in hopes of tying the game, and it worked.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane skated the puck along the boards into the Boston zone. With six men on the ice, Jonathan Toews came up with the puck after losing posession for mere moments. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell scored off a laser pass from Toews. The puck made it past Zdeno Chara in front of the net, and Bickell was able to one-time the puck through Rask's five-hole to tie the game at 2.

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After the shock of Chicago scoring the game tying goal, they were able to catch Boston on their heels and 17 seconds later, they scored again. On someones slapshot, Rask deflected the puck high and forward Dave Bolland tapped the puck into the net. The Blackhawks were less than a minute from winning the Stanley Cup.

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After pulling Tuukka Rask, the Bruins couldn't break through even with the extra man. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2, and hoisted the Stanley Cup in Boston minutes later (after a chorus of boos rained down on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman).

Game 6 was the perfect end to a fantastic series. Both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins played hard for a shot at the Stanley Cup. It it certainly can't be said that Chicago outplayed Boston in this game, or in any game of this series. The Blackhawks just happened to get lucky in the last few minutes of this exciting final game. This series will not soon be forgotten.

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on being the 2013 Stanley Cup winners!

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