Blackhawks - Bruins
-The Blackhawks scored two goals in the final 1:16 of regulation to claim a to a wild series-clinching 3-2 win against the Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Captain Jonathan Toews led Chicago with a goal and an assist while teammate Corey Crawford made 23 saves. Chicago won the series, 4-2.
-Pass of the Night: Check out this backhanded dish by Boston's Tyler Seguin to set up Chris Kelly for a goal:
-Toews scored a short-handed goal in the second period to tie the game, 1-1:
-Boston took a 2-1 lead with 7:49 remaining in regulation off a goal by Milan Lucic:
-Chicago's Bryan Bickell scored off a nice pass by Toews to tie the game with 1:16 remaining in regulation:
-Chicago's Dave Bolland scored the eventual game-winning goal with 58.3 seconds remaining in regulation:
-The end of the game, hands shake lines and the presentation of the Conn Smythe Trophy as well as the Stanley Cup:
-Happy times for the Blackhawks:
-Captains - Chicago's Toews and Boston's Zdeno Chara - exchanging handshakes:
-Chara embraced his friend, fellow Slovakian Marian Hossa:
-Toews accepting the Stanley Cup awkwardly from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:
-Chicago's Andrew Shaw shows off a mean cut as well as the Stanley Cup:
-A better look at Shaw's "hockey face:"
-Seabrook being popular:
-Gibsonia's Brandon Saad became the first Pittsburgh-born and -trained player to win the Stanley Cup:
-Former Penguins defenseman Michal Rozsival won the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career:
-Former Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo also won for the first time:
-Sweden was well represented by (left to right) Viktor Stalberg, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya:
-Chicago's Duncan Keith lifting the Cup for the second time in his career:
-Keith also did the baby in the Cup thing:
-Toews, a former Conn Smythe winner with the current winner, Patrick Kane:
-Thirsty times for Toews:
-The Bruins leaving the ice for the last time this season:
-Keep in mind, this was a road game for the Blackhawks:
-Crawford couldn't hold out this puck:
-Bright times for Boston's Milan Lucic:
-Bruins forward and former Penguins Jaromir Jagr just hanging out:
-Saad and Chara got tangled up here:
-Rozsival checked on the injured Shaw:
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-Fans in Chicago got wild:
-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP.
-"It was like a fairy tale. We were down with a couple of minutes left in the game and all of a sudden, bang, we won the Stanley Cup. We didn't quit. We knew we had to put the puck at the net, but nobody would think in 17 seconds we would score two goals." - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa.
-Hossa revealed he played with a back injury which made it difficult to skate.
-According to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, Toews had his "bell rung" in Game 5.
-"I've played for a long time, and along the way, you're thinking you might never be able to get this far. Right now, to be able to be here and be able to call yourself a Stanley Cup champion, it's an amazing feeling." - Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival on winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career.
-“He obviously took a lot of heat over the last couple of years. And all he’s done is just played unreal from start to finish this year. I can’t say enough about him. The pressure on him, to do what he did was unbelievable.” - Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith on goaltender Corey Crawford.
-“It’s a bad feeling. Awful feeling. You can’t really describe it. One of the worst feelings you can get when you’re up by a goal with (1:16) left and somehow you lose the game. It’s like a total shock.” - Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
-The Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville joined the Cubs' Frank Chance, the Bears' George Halas and the Bulls' Phil Jackson as the only Chicago coaches to win multiple championships.
-After the game, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron revealed he had played with broken ribs, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder.
-Bruins forward Nathan Horton revealed he played with a dislocated shoulder.
-“I’ve never felt anything like this. I’ve never cried for as long as this until tonight. It sucks, but I love the guys in this locker room, and I’m going to miss them this offseason, but I’m going to make sure I’m working even harder for next year.” - Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.
-The Blackhawks went after Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara.
-Chicago is scheduled to host a victory parade Friday.
-Hockey Night in Canada's playoff-closing montage:
-The opening montage for the game:
-Welcome to Pittsburgh Harry Zolnierczyk.
-Ray Shero plans on extending qualifying offers to restricted free agents Robert Bortuzzo, Dustin Jeffrey, Tyler Kennedy and Zolnierczyk.
-"I'm really happy with my time spent in Wilkes-Barre. A lot of great times there. A lot of great people in the organization that worked with myself and all the other players. I couldn't have started with a better team, and I'm really excited for my opportunity now in Anaheim." - Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Alex Grant on being traded to Anaheim in exchange for Zolnierczyk.
-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Greg Millen (right). A sixth-round pick in 1977, Millen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1978-79, Millen appeared in 28 games and had a 14-11-1 record with a 3.37 goals against average and two shutouts. Millen took over as the team's full-time starter in 1979-80 and saw action in 44 games. He had a record of 18-18-7 with a 3.64 goals against average and two shutouts. In the playoffs, Millen had a 2-3 record and a 3.51 goals against average. In 1980-81, Millen played in 63 games and had a 25-27-10 record and 4.16 goals against average. During that season, appeared in 26 consecutive games, a mark which remains a franchise record for a goaltender. He once again went 2-3 in the postseason with a 3.51 goals against average. In the 1981 offseason, Millen signed with the Hartford Whalers as an unrestricted free agent. The Penguins had an opportunity to match the offer, but general manager Baz Bastien neglected to do so as he was on a golfing vacation. In 135 regular season games with the Penguins, Millen had a record of 57-56-18 with a 3.83 goals against average with four shutouts. In 10 postseason games, he had a 4-6 record with a 3.84 goals against average. Millen is currently a broadcaster with CBC.
-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron (right). A third-round pick in 1999, Caron spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Caron appeared in 24 games and recorded a dismal record of 7-14-2 but had impressive goals against average (2.64) and save percentage (.916) numbers as well as two shutouts. As a result, he was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. Caron spent the majority of the 2003-04 season as the Penguins' starter and appeared in 40 games. His record was 9-24-5 with a 3.74 goals against average and an .883 save percentage. Relegated to backup duty in 2005-06, Caron went 8-9-5 with a 3.98 goals against average and .881 save percentage. During that season, he suffered the first shootout loss in franchise history, a 3-2 loss at Carolina, Oct. 7, 2005. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Blackhawks. In 90 regular season games with the Penguins, Caron had a record of 24-47-12, a 3.49 goals against average, .892 save percentage and four shutouts. Caron spent most of last season with Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland before signing with the Flyers late in the regular season. He is currently a member of the Iserlohn Roosters in German's DEL.
-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Rene Corbet. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline along with Tyler Moss in a deal which sent Brad Werenka to the Flames, Corbet spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in four regular season games and scored one goal down the stretch of 1999-2000 and then played in seven playoff games that spring while scoring two points. In 2000-01, Corbet saw action in 43 games and recorded 17 points. During that season's playoffs, Corbet appeared in 17 of the Penguins' 18 games and scored one goal. He joined Adler Mannheim in Germany in the 2001 offseason.
-Happy 42nd birthday to Penguins assistant coach Todd Reirden.
-The Jets gave head coach Claude Noel a one-year contract extension which will keep him behind the bench through the 2014-15 season.
-The Panthers signed restricted forward Bobby Butler to a two-year deal and re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Eric Selleck to a one-year deal. Both contracts are two-way deals.
-The Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $10.25 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6 million, Backstrom's new contract will have a cap hit of $3,416,667. Backstrom, 35, played in 42 games last season and had a record of 24-15-3, a 2.48 goals against average, a .909 save percentage and two shutouts.
-EN Says: For an aging goaltender who is capable of winning 35 or more games a season, this is a fair contract. Injuries are always a concern with Backstrom but when he's healthy, he's capable of being one of the 10 best goaltenders in the NHL.
-The Avalanche hired former captain/defenseman Adam Foote as defense development consultant.
-Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said his team would likely draft Halifax Moosehead forward Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall pick.
-As cleanup efforts continued at the Saddledome following flooding in Calgary, crews found the head of Harvey the Hound, the Flames' mascot in the facility:
-Sharks forward Martin Havlat underwent bilateral pelvic floor reconstruction for a groin injury.
-The Stars signed restricted free agent forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Cameron Gaunce to one-year two-way contracts.
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