Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 Stanley Cup Champions: Chicago Blackhawks win it all!!

The Chicago Blackhawks accomplished a huge upset during the last two minutes of the 3rd period with a set of goals separated by 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks started the season with 24 games without a regulation loss and have won the Cup for the 2nd time in the past 4 years. The Boston Bruins dominated the first period; they pushed the pace of the game and had strong physical play at both ends of the ice. Patrice Bergeron returned to the ice for the Bruins and played a fine game during the first period. Also, Jonathan Toews returned to the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks and seemed to perform well, despite his upper body injury. Shaw took a puck to the face and laid motionless on the ice for awhile but received some sticks during the 1st intermission and returned to the game during the second period. Chara’s confidence seemed be lagging, he had been on the ice for 9 of the last 10 the Blackhawk goals. The Bruins could not cash in on any of their power play attempts but the penalty kill had been outstanding and Tuukka Rask made big saves. Corey Crawford was forced to come up with some big saves against the Bruins as well. Toews scored the go ahead goal for the Blackhawks and kept them in the game. Late in the 3rd period Lucic beat Crawford with the puck for the Bruins to take the lead, 2-1. As time was running out the Blackhawks pushed and scored a pair of goals in the last two minutes of the 3rd period to tie, take the lead and win the game. They beat the 2012 Stanley Cup reining Champions and played an amazing series; the Chicago Blackhawks take home the 2013 Stanley Cup.

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