BLACKHAWKS WIN!

The Blackhawks bring home the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years!

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Patrick Kane, the 21-year-old winger, scored 4 minutes 10 seconds into overtime Thursday, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks over the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, and giving Chicago its first Stanley Cup victory since 1961.

The last time the Blackhawks were champions, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were young Chicago stars skating without helmets and using curved sticks, and John F. Kennedy was president.

Jonathan Toews, the Chicago captain, was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. He finished second in scoring, but had a relatively poor finals, with only three assists and a minus-5 differential.

The Blackhawks had come up empty in five finals since their 1961 victory until Kane scored his third goal of the series. It came suddenly on a shot from the bottom of the right circle that whizzed between the legs of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton’s stick and pads.

Many in the crowd at the Wachovia Center did not know that a goal had been scored until they saw Kane and his teammates throw their sticks in the air in celebration. Both teams had to wait several moments until the officials confirmed the goal after reviewing the replay.

The drought was the second longest in league history, after the Rangers’ 54-year sojourn in the wilderness, which ended in 1994.

The Blackhawks seemed to be hanging on for a narrow victory in the third period against a furious Flyers attack, but they did not succeed. Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell scored with 3:59 left in regulation, his second goal of the night.

The Blackhawks were much the better team in the opening period, but settled for a 1-1 tie at intermission. They opened the scoring at 16:49 on a power-play goal by Dustin Byfuglien at 16:49, his third goal in two games. Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was in the penalty box, serving his second penalty of the contest, for holding.

The shots stood 17-4, Chicago when Hawks defenseman Brent Sopel was sent off at 19:07 with his second minor of the game, for interference. The Flyers suddenly came alive, with a four-shot barrage, and ended with Hartnell scooping in Danny Briere’s rebound at 19:33.

The Hawks held the edge in play in the second period as well, outshooting the Flyers by 10-6 and slowly seizing control of the game.

The Flyers jumped ahead on a lucky play. Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith tripped when his skate locked with Hartnell’s, which left a clear path for Ville Leino, who fed the puck to Briere, the leading scorer in the finals. The Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi had little chance to prevent Briere’s third goal and 11th point of the series.

Patrick Sharp scored the equalizer by finishing a fine passing play with a shot from 21 feet that beat Leighton to the short side at 9:58.

Then Andrew Ladd tipped in Niklas Hjalmarsson’s shot at 17:43, and the Blackhawks were ahead, 3-2.

Briere, Hartnell and Leino were by far the Flyers’ best line throughout the series, and they proved it on this night by accounting for all three Flyers goals.

For most of the game Coach Peter Laviolette left intact the Flyers’ struggling first line, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne, all of whom entered the game deep into minus for the series. Together they had 11 shots through the first 60 minutes of play, but once again most of them were fired right into Niemi.

Richards had a chance to win the game for Philadelphia in the final two minutes, but with Niemi off balance and sprawling, Richards shot right into his glove.

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    i give you a +3 for liking hockey but still wish the Caps hadnt choked

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    Where are you from SaysTheMan ? Im outside of B-More , my pop lives in Philly so I was cheering on my flyers but I also root for the Caps (as long as they dont play the Flyers) - old school Flyers fan - I saw Lindros his rookie year tear up the ice and change the game of hockey.

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    It was a BRUTAL game 6 - I was on the edge of my seat waiting and expecting for my boys to win in overtime. After face off , and like 3-4 shots on Goal , I figured it was in the bag..... I didnt even see the shot on goal.... Anyways , congrats to the Blackhawks ..... I cant believe they awarded them the Stanley Cup to all the "boo's" of the Philly Fans - Anyways , ready for next year.

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    im from VA me and all my friends love the Caps. No offense but i hate the Flyers but if you liked the Pens i might have to shoot you lol

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    If I liked the Penis-guins , I would have already managed to shoot my self - Baltimore and Shittsburg don't get along too well- Virginia huh ? I wont hold that against you. totally kidding - Virginia is beautiful and amazing....

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    I hate so say i didn't watch any of the finals. us southern boys just don't get into hockey very much. strangely enough i will be watching the US in the world cup.

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    yea well im a Bruins fan....... i think ill just go in a corner and cry in frustration

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    yeah i like it i im from the southern part so when ever me or one of my friends talk about hockey everyone else is like whats that lol

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    im southern and so are my friend and we love hockey

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    Long time Flyers fan (I actually REMEMBER the 74' and 75' cups, and I still have my "Hattrick in 76' shirt) I have to say good job to the Blackhawks.

    • r60man
    • June 11, 2010, 12:07 pm
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    don't get me wrong. i am not saying that all southern boys don't watch hockey only that you are the exception to the rule. you know as well as i do, here in the south college football is king! to that all i have to say is ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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    RRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE BAHAHA and collage football is very near and dear to me right next to hockey

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