By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks strolled into Boston on Monday night with Lord Stanley on standby. Those players who were members of the 2010 Hawks Stanley Cup championship team rallied the troops who have previously never been on the cusp of grasping the Cup.
Although Jonathan Toews was sat for all of the third period in game 5, he was declared 100% and ready to go on the morning of game 6. In the other dressing room, Patrice Bergeron also left game 5 with an unknown injury. He was dressed and ready to play in Monday’s match. All of those Corey Crawford critics seemed to disappear after game 5, where he nearly posted a shutout. It was time for the Hawks to end the series and the season and raise the Stanley Cup. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Boston, Bruins, Bryan Bickell, Chris Kelly, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Game 6, Jaromir Jagr, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Michal Rozsival, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Stanley Cup Finals, Tuukka Rask
By Brad Gardner
After playing 112 minutes of hockey in Game 1, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks returned to overtime in Game 2. The Bruins took the decision on a Daniel Paille goal at the 13:48 mark of the first overtime session, knotting the Stanley Cup Finals at one game apiece.
Both goaltenders continued their strong play in the series. Tuukka Rask earned the win with 33 saves on 34 shots and was especially important in the first period, when the Blackhawks outplayed the Bruins throughout the opening period and finished with a 19-4 advantage in shots. Read more
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Tagged Adam McQuaid, Blackhawks, Boston, Brandon Bollig, Bruins, Chris Kelly, Corey Crawford, Daniel Paille, Game 2, Michal Handzus, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Stanley Cup Finals, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, United Center
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks entered Saturday’s tilt with Boston all too aware of what the Bruins’ struggling offense has experienced in the early stages of their Stanley Cup defense. Despite Boston’s slow start to the season, the marquee match-up between the league’s last two champions did not disappoint. Both teams carried play for stretches as they battled through 65 minutes, but it was Boston that eventually came away with two points in the shootout.
The squads traded chances in the early-going. Milan Lucic had several scoring opportunities on his own in the first period, the first one redirected high by the stick of Jonathan Toews and later a couple heavy shots on the rush that Corey Crawford was able to control. Patrick Kane’s line continued to create offense despite a new face in Viktor Stalberg on the right wing for an injured Marian Hossa. Their best chance came after Stalberg shielded the puck and passed to Kane, who drove unimpeded to the net but was robbed by the glove of Tim Thomas. Kane threw another backhand attempt at Thomas later in the period after using the spin-o-rama to get himself some space. Read more
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Tagged Bryan Bickell, Chris Kelly, Corey Crawford, Jamal Mayers, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Viktor Stalberg