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The Blackhawks scored twice in a 17-second span in the last 1:16 to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory. Bryan Bickell tied the game at 18:44, followed by the Stanley Cup-winning goal by Dave Bolland at 19:01.
* Bolland recorded the latest Stanley Cup-winning goal ever tallied in regulation time. Before Bolland, the latest a Cup-winning goal was scored was by Boston’s Bill Carson in 1929 (18:02, third period) in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins swept the Rangers 2-0 in the best-of-three series.
* The Blackhawks became the first club to win a Stanley Cup-clinching game in regulation time by overcoming a one-goal deficit in the final two minutes.
Gene Principe of Sportsnet talks with Scotty Bowman after Chicago's win last night.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Chicago’s Bryan Bickell, Michal Handzus, Viktor Stalberg, Michal Rozsival and the backup goalie Ray Emery become unrestricted free agents July 5.
Bickell, a 27-year-old bruising winger, is the biggest question mark: he had 8 goals and 16 points in the postseason entering Monday’s game. He was at his best when on a line with Kane and Toews, with a plus-5 goal differential in the first five games of the finals.
Bickell’s $540,000-a-year contract is up, and he can expect a raise to three or even five times that. Bowman said “we’re going to do our best” to re-sign Bickell....
The Bruins are just $5 million under the 2013-14 cap, and they have not signed either of their goalies — the invaluable Tuukka Rask or his backup, Anton Khudobin — who become unrestricted free agents July 5.
Rask has established himself as one of the N.H.L.’s top goalies, so his contract is likely to jump from $3.5 million a year to somewhere in the neighborhood of the $7 million that another Finnish goalie, Pekka Rinne, makes with the Nashville Predators.
That kind of money would put the Bruins pretty much at the limit, with Chiarelli still wanting to re-sign unrestricted free agents like Khudobin and the first-line forward Nathan Horton.
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins were going back to Chicago. The New Garden was as loud as it’s ever been, the Stanley Cup was going to stay under wraps, and the greatest puck series of a generation was going to play out in a seventh game Wednesday night at the United Center.
And then it melted like a snowcone on Causeway Street on the hottest day of the new summer. Before you could say Grady Little or David Tyree, the Chicago Blackhawks had their own Miracle On Ice and captain Jonathan Toews was hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head.
Chicago, 3, Boston 2.
Two goals in 17.7 seconds. That’s all it took to go from ecstasy to agony.
The Conn Smythe Trophy is an annual award given to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs. The winner is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of the final game in the Stanley Cup finals.
Would you have awarded Kane the Conn Smythe Trophy? If not, as a member of Kukla's Korner expert fan union, who would have received your vote?
Watch below as the players and coaches from both team meet with the media.
Before game 6 starts, lets take a look back at games 1-5.
Who knows, tonight might be the end of the "short" NHL season.
Puck drops a little after 8:00pm ET and can be seen on NBC, CBC or RDS (unless of course you live in the Detroit area, then you have alternatives if a Comcast subscriber).
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Temperatures in Beantown are expected to hit a high of 34 (93 F) Celsius on Monday. The NHL's resident ice expert Dan Craig has been a busy chap trying to keep ice conditions as good as possible this time of the year.
Today, June 24, matches the latest date the Stanley Cup has been decided. Back in the last lockout-shortened season, the New Jersey Devils swept the Detroit Red Wings on June 24, 1995 to win the franchise's first NHL championship.
The TD Garden has installed a few extra gigantic dehumidifiers that have been humming since 4 a.m. ET on Monday. A thin layer of fog hovered over the ice before the Bruins began their morning skate. If the ice conditions are poor, it may help the Bruins slow down the skilled and speedy Blackhawks.
"Obviously with some fans in the building tonight, it'll get warmer," Julien said. "I thought the ice this morning was in pretty good shape, and they've done a good job. Walking in here yesterday with 90-plus degree [temperatures] it was nice and cool in the arena.
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Also, Toews is on the ice for the Chicago morning skate and Hossa is not, but both are expected to play tonight.
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DID YOU KNOW?
* Teams leading 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final have won 28 of 36 series (77.8%) since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939. (Elias)
* Twenty of those teams won in six games (55.6%). Eight won in seven games (22.2%).
* Eight teams have overcome a 3-2 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup Final (22.2%).
* Those eight teams: the 1942 Maple Leafs (vs. Red Wings), 1950 Red Wings (vs. NY Rangers), 1964 Maple Leafs (vs. Red Wings), 1971 Canadiens (vs. Blackhawks), 2001 Avalanche (vs. Devils), 2004 Lightning (vs. Flames), 2009 Penguins (vs. Red Wings) and 2011 Bruins (vs. Canucks).
* Teams have split the opening four games of the Stanley Cup Final 22 times since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939. The team winning Game 5 has gone on to capture the Cup 15 times (68.2%). However, the team losing Game 5 has rebounded to win the series on four of the past six occasions (all since 2001).
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