Bruins Fall Short, Blackhawks Crowned Champions

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The Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup in four years, eliminating the Bruins in stunning fashion Monday night at TD Garden. Boston held a one-goal lead with a minute-and-a-half to go and it looked as if a game 7 would be needed to decide this best-of-seven series.

Boston’s season came to a close at the hands of one of the most amazing comebacks in Stanley Cup history. Chicago dashed the hopes of the Bruins and then proceeded to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup in front of the hometown faithful.

With the Chicago goal vacant, Bryan Bickell jammed home the game-tying score after a frantic series of action. Jonathan Toews set up the bruiser with 1:16 left to go in the game. Just 17 seconds later it was Dave Bolland finding the net, propelling the Blackhawks to a Cup victory, breaking a 2-2 tie and breaking the hearts of the Bruins.

The Bruins came out of the gate showing great intensity, determination, and a sense of urgency. Tyler Seguin connected with Chris Kelly for the lone goal of the first period. Boston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and nearly doubled it when David Krejci sent a doorstep bid on an empty goal, wide right.

Boston mounted an abundance of scoring chances in this hockey game and especially in the opening frame. Chicago was fortunate to head to the second only down by one.

In the second, Jonathan Toews knotted the game at one aside, beating Tuukka Rask with a low drive. The contest remained tied well into the third period. Each side traded punishing blows and highlight reel saves, while furiously pushing the pace in doing so.

David Krejci sent a nifty saucer pass from behind the Chicago cage out front for Milan Lucic who rifled home the Bruins lone third period goal. It was all for not, as the Blackhawks were able to overcome a 2-1 deficit in the waning moments of this Stanley Cup Final.

The Black and Gold have nothing to hang their heads about despite losing this tightly fought series. They accomplished a great deal as a group and came a long way since limping into the postseason.

Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, as he was recognized as the series MVP.

Quotes from the Bruins dressing room:

Claude Julien: “It’s going to take a little while before we realize the accomplishment that we had in making it to the Finals again, but right now it doesn’t feel good.”

Tuukka Rask: “We made it a great run. Still disappointed we couldn’t bring the Cup home to our fans.”

Johnny Boychuk: “You remember winning, but you remember losing just a little bit more.”

Dennis Seidenberg: “Closest group of guys I’ve ever been around.”

Tyler Seguin: “I love these guys.”

David Krejci: Loss hurt so much “Because we love each other.”

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – Titletown Sports Network

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