Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21) and the Chicago Blackhawks’ center Patrick Sharp (10) fight for position as the puck passes during the first period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013 in Boston. — Photo by The Associated Press
Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored goals 17 seconds apart late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup in an amazing 3-2 last-minute comeback win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 on Monday night.
Milan Lucic’s third-period goal had seemed to gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory and a new lease of life in the Stanley Cup final. But with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford out for an extra attacker, Bickell scored at 18:44 to tie things after the Bruins failed to get the puck out of the zone. Bolland then put them ahead at 19:01, stunning the Bruins and the crowd.
Patrick Kane saved his best for the Stanley Cup final, and his reward was the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Kane led the Chicago Blackhawks in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists, helping them earn their second championship in four years. Kane had nine points in his final 10 playoff games, thriving the most once coach Joel Quenneville reunited him with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell.