By Cheval John
Reporter, Vallano Media
What more can you say to the wild ending possibly one of the most intriguing playoffs in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL).
It looked as if the Boston Bruins was going to force a game seven in the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 2-1 lead after Milan Lucic's goal in the third period with less than six minutes remaining.
But somehow and someway, the Blackhawks scored two huge goals in between 17 seconds with time winding down to win their second Cup in four years.
Sure, it's the fifth popular sport in America and it seemed as it was going to be forgotten about because of the strike that made it a 48-game season.
For those who think that the sport of hockey is falling by the wayside will have to reconsider their position because it is here to stay because of playoff drama like this.
The fact that this finals was between two teams who each have won the Cup in the last three years prior to this year.
What more can you say, the first three out of four games was decided in overtime with with the series tied at 2.
Though the Boston Bruins gave it all that they had and was leading the series 2-1, the Blackhawks proved why they were the better team down the stretch.
Patrick Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy, showed his prowless around the net as his three goals ( 1 in game four and two in game five) elevated the Blackhawks to a 3-2 series and set up the drama that unfolded in game six.
Some could argue that goalie Corey Crawford should have won the Conn Smythe because of his 1.98 goal against average throughout the playoffs and especially with two huge saves early in the third period that kept the game tied at 1.
One thing is for certain, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews' leadership and his decision to play in game six after a concussion gave the team inspiration to battle through adversity and his goal in the second period that notched things up at 1 and his assist on the go-ahead, game-winning goal with less than a minute solidified his legacy as one of the best players in NHL history.
So though the Bruins gave it their best and provided the dramatics, the Blackhawks' will to win was evidence of the heart of the champion and because of it, they are this year's Stanley Cup Champions.
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