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Rask in disbelief after ‘shocking’ Chicago comeback

Jun 24, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT


What just happened?

With 59 seconds left in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, that’s all anybody could ask.

Dave Bolland had just scored what would prove to be the Cup-winning goal.

And 17 seconds earlier, Bryan Bickell had equalized with his goalie on the bench.

Really…what just happened?

It marked one of the most impossible, improbable and incredible comebacks in Stanley Cup Final history. When the dust settled, the Blackhawks had erased a 2-1 deficit — at TD Garden, no less — and flat-out stunned the Bruins.

For confirmation, ask Tuukka Rask.

“It’s shocking,” the Bruins goalie said after the game. “Sometimes momentum builds, and that’s what happened.”

The Blackhawks became the first club to win a Stanley Cup-clinching game in regulation time by overcoming a one-goal deficit in the final two

The Finnish netminder was then asked if there was a sense of disbelief regarding what transpired.

“Yeah, we’ve done it to somebody else,” he explained, alluding to Boston’s improbable Game 7 comeback against Toronto. “We know how it feels to be on the other side.”

It’s hard to contextualize how rare this was. Famous comebacks often occur when teams trail in games — like Toronto rallying from three games down to win the 1942 Stanley Cup Final.

Within a game, though, such dramatic rallies are far and few between.

They also rarely happen so late.

According to, Bolland’s game-winner was the latest in regulation that the Cup-winning goal had ever been scored.

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was the last player to score a Cup-winning tally in the third period (7:36 mark, Game 6, 2008 Cup Final) and Calgary’s Doug Gilmour was the last to score one with less than 10 minutes remaining (11:02 mark, 1989 Cup Final).

(Before Bolland, the latest Cup-winning goal scored in regulation was by Boston’s Bill Carson in 1929 — 18:02, 3rd period.)

Thing is, this comeback wasn’t just about Bolland’s goal.

Bickell’s game-tying marker was equally dramatic, coming with Corey Crawford off for an extra attacker and the ‘Hawks 76 seconds away from going back to Chicago for Game 7.

Even the scorer himself couldn’t believe it.

“It was crazy,” Bickell said following the game. “Two minutes left, being down 2-1 — it was a roller coaster.”

Here’s more, from the NHL’s public relations department:

The Blackhawks are just the third club in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup-clinching game it had trailed in the final five minutes of regulation and the first to do so in regulation time.

In 1944, Montreal scored twice in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime and defeated Chicago 5-4 at 9:12 of extra time on a goal by Toe Blake (Game 4). In 1951, Toronto scored at 19:28 to tie Montreal 2-2 before Bill Barilko’s Cup-winning tally at 2:53 of overtime (Game 5).

In the end, the roller coaster finished with Bolland, an improbable hero if there ever was one.

His had been a playoff to forget — missing the first round against Minnesota with an injury, a 12-game goalless slump — but he came up huge in the biggest moment, echoing a mentality shared throughout the Chicago lineup.

“We never give up as a team,” Bolland explained. “We die hard.”

  1. polegojim - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Boston had command of this game… but the heart of Chicago attacked at the opportune time.

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Gotta feel for the guy, neither of those goals were Rask’s fault, and he played really well all series

    • acepylut - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Bolland’s goal was definitely Rasks fault and Bostons fault.

      Look at the Chi D’mans initial shot – Rask was so far on the wrong side of the net that it’s incredible that the Defenseman didn’t score on his shot. Rask was also so far in front of the shot that he was out of his crease.

      In short – Rask was 100% out of position, badly, on that play.

      COuple his bad position with the Boston team just “standing around” while Bolland went to the front of the net… and you have your Cup winner.

      Bolland shouldn’t have been close to the goal, Rask should have been. Both were mistakes by the B’s.

  3. hammerhead5573 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Amazing game. Amazing goalies and amazing series, one of which I doubt many will forget for a long time. I didn’t really think about Rask until the finals, then I saw him play, and yes he is unbelievable. He as well as Crawford have a long and bright future ahead of them.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Unfortunately for Boston and Chicago the success this year comes at a price. They just hitched themselves a ride on the $6 million dollar goalie express.

      It’s actually a little crazy when you look at it. The 4 goalies for the teams in the conference finals this year all had 4 of the lowest cap hits of any goaltenders in the entire playoffs. Rask’s was $3.5, Crawford’s was $2.7, Vokoun’s was $2.0, and Quick’s was $1.8. (Info is slightly distorted due to the fact that Vokoun isn’t the Pens starter and Quick was on the last year of his first real contract). Those cap hits surely do not reflect the goaltending clinics each of them put on.

      The two starters with easily two of the lower cap hits of any starting goaltenders in the entire NHL end up in the SCF with MVP performances to get there. Even though Kane was the “official” winner of the Smythe, I think most people agree that whether it was Chicago or Boston that won it all, Crawford and Rask deserved the Conn Smythe. Rask with the best S% and Crawford with the best GAA in the playoffs. Not to take anything away from Kane, but I just thought Crawford came up big multiple times in far more critical situations. Congrats to all 3, though! They’re all about to get some well deserved raises in the next 2 summers.

  4. gallyhatch - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Tuuka’s going to get a huge contract this offseason, & rightfully so.

    He played like an elite goaltender in these playoffs, and as a Bruins fan I have plenty of reasons to believe they will be a threat to go all the way next year. . . . especially if Tuuka’s in the net.

    Congrats Chicago, see you next year.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Hows the sabbatical going Tim Thomas?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        If 30 was in net we’d have another Cup

      • blackfoot11 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        @hockeyflow..Agreed. Especially with all the talk about Rask being better than Thomas during the playoff run. There is a reason why he won the Conn Smythe that year and could have made a difference this year. The legend of Tim Thomas grows.

      • defenz77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        My money would have been on Thomas in net, any day of the week. He did bring us the cup.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      He sucks and Boston sucks. Detroit will dominate the inferior east
      HAWKS WIN!!!

  5. 2difshoe - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    As a Hawk fan, kudos to the Bruins. They were mighty tough.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    When was the last time, in any game, let alone the Finals, did you see BOTH teams pull their goalie to try to tie the game?

    • Windmiller4 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      I think that happened in Game 2 of the Kings Sharks series when LA had that late comeback off a 5 on 3.

    • 2difshoe - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Great call….as a Hawks fan of 45 years, all I can say is ” WTF just happened?”

      I’ll take it though…what a great series.

  7. 50milessouthofdetroit - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Choke job. they had the game well in hand

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      Who’s thumbing this down, I was there, it’s 100% correct

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        I, and at this time 20 others, thumbed the remarks down. Who cares if you were there?

        Most of the comments on this thread are those congratulating both teams for a great series. Your and 50milessouthofdetroit’s negativity isn’t something people want to read after a great, if disappointing game.

        You’re certainly free to post your negative comments; however, expect that a lot of people just don’t care for them.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Could we revisit the gloating after the Toronto series? Let’s not re-write history, and pretend Bruin fans don’t have some goading coming to them. Talk about victim mentality.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Some light reading for over the summer,”3 Reasons Your Team Is Underperforming.”

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        No one on the teams reads this and they don’t need your congratulations. The Bruins had trouble closing out teams all season and it cost them the Cup last night.

        If you think people don’t want negative comments on a message board you must be new to the internet

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        @hockeyflow33 – Who pissed on your Frosted Flakes?

        Correct – the teams don’t need my congratulations. So what? I offer them anyway. How does this bother you?

        Also, I didn’t write that people don’t want negative comments. I read them all the time. My point was that people, for various reasons, will thumbs down a comment. Even my earlier comment has 4 thumbs down (and counting). It’s just part of participating on the boards. That is, unless, you’re new to the internet.

  8. christos99 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Great playoff run for the Bruins but all I can think about is Rask saying “Oh Jesus” ~ Nik Wallenda

  9. slysipops - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    don’t feel so bad RASK….. it wasn’t the first time for the HAWKS……………. just the first time FOR YOU !!!!

  10. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Decent Goalie, NO Tim Thomas
    HAWKS WIN!!!

  11. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Boston is goon hockey

  12. zeeman911 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    I’m glad it went down this way, how does it feel to choke? Hahahahahaha
    Signed: a leafs fan

  13. s2mikey - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Rask has to play better, especially in games five and this game. Boston is going to overpay him just like a lot of teams end up doing. You don’t win the cup with an expensive goalie, you win with a hot goalie and quality forwards and defense. Look at the Sabres with Miller for a great example of an overpaid goalie that eats up cap room and isn’t worth it. Rask also never wants to accept any of the responsibility, it’s always something else. Whatever, he’s going to be expensive and Boston will lose othe good players for it. Careful.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM


  14. jaredphi - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    What an incredible Stanley Cup series this was. Both teams played extremely well.

    Still amazed that Chicago won it in the last minutes of the game.

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