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Dominant they weren’t, but the Blackhawks found a way

Jun 25, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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In the end, it’s all about survival.

From 30 teams, to 16, to eight, to four, then just two, and finally only one.

The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup champions. They beat the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Monday night at TD Garden in a game that was far from dominated by the victors.

Two late goals — one at 18:44 of the third period, the next at 19:01 — gave Chicago its second title in four years.

This after Boston had ruled the ice for the first period, the Bruins arguably playing their best 20 minutes of the series, yet only managing to build a 1-0 lead.

Survival.

Like how the ‘Hawks survived the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, falling behind 3-1 then battling back to win Game 7 in overtime.

Like how they survived a powerless power play that scored just once in 19 tries during the final, an affliction that doomed the last team to meet Boston for the Cup.

Individually, Patrick Kane may have won the Conn Smythe Trophy, but there was no singular hero for Chicago during this run.

In the final, Corey Crawford could’ve crumpled after Game 4; instead, he allowed just three goals in Games 5 and 6.

Jonathan Toews, knowing his team needed more than defensive excellence from its captain, showed up on the score-sheet when he had to.

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith all made their contributions during the playoffs, as expected.

Less expected: Brent Seabrook‘s two overtime winners.

And remember when Bryan Bickell couldn’t miss? He scored another big one tonight.

After Michal Handzus was traded from San Jose, some people said he was finished. Well, he wasn’t.

Perhaps it was perfectly appropriate then that Dave Bolland — a player that had a tough season by most measures — scored the biggest goal of them all.

“This team finds ways,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Until tonight, that sort of refrain had been mostly reserved for the Bruins. But for Boston, which was once a single goal away from taking a commanding 3-1 series lead, there would be no surviving the resilient Blackhawks.

“The resiliency of our team was in place all year long,” said Quenneville.

“But it was one of those seasons, fairytale ending and an amazing season.”

  1. keepyerstickontheice - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Boston rolled over like a _____.

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    • cameronop - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

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  2. hawkeytown - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Truth be told, the Stanley Cup Champions weren’t ‘dominant’ all season long; even the 24-game stretch was loaded with 1 goal games, OT games and shootouts. But boy, were they ever resilient! Capt. Toews said it all along… the close games will prepare us for the playoff run. Knocked off a determined rival in the Red Wings, knocked out the defending champ Kings, and finished off a terriffic Bruins team…. VERY worthy Champions!! Let’s Go Hawks!!

    • polegojim - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Yes – it’s about finishing… not necessarily dominating.

      Great Job Hawks.

      Looking forward to a Red Wings V Hawks SCS”

      HockeyTown!

  3. ironmd778 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Bruins choked. Chicago is so friggin’ lucky.

    • stakex - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      Well the Bruins did in fact choke. Nothing else to call a team giving up those two goals…. it was a huge choke. Still though, Chicago wasn’t really lucky… they caused the choke to happen. They pushed hard, and Boston collapsed.

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Yup, real lucky. We Hawk fans heard that all the way through the playoffs. I’m glad the Hawks were so lucky that they are carrying the cup around, while whatever team you were pulling for is not. Goodbye loser

    • 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Coming from a Bruins fan with great pride in his team: you’re a sodding idiot. The ‘Hawks were spectacular, and they earned every bit of their win.

      Congrats, ‘Hawks fans. I hope for a rematch next year. A Cup rivalry with you guys would be freaking wild.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        WTF? Aren’t you an Avs fan?

      • 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        What, I can’t have a team in each conference? If the Avs aren’t in the playoffs, I’ve gotta have SOMEBODY. No fun watching the postseason without any stake in it. I love the game the Bruins play, I love the players, what’s not to cheer for?

      • 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Plus, I chose 19to77 for a reason. Sakic was the heart of the Avalanche in his day, and Bourque the heart of the Bruins. He may not have won the Cup there, but he’ll always be a Bruin in people’s memories. It’s easy to love both teams for that one awesome moment of hockey history. Best pass Sakic ever made.

    • jgillmeister - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Not Luck. Heart, Speed and Skill overcame muscle

      • nosefacekillah - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Heart? I don’t think so but skill and speed did slightly overcome a controlled defensive scheme. The better team won but there was no difference in heart between the two teams.

        Bostons skilled players disappeared in the finals (which I am sure Chicago had much to do with.)

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Boston doesn’t have the speed, skill or heart to beat a team like Chicago.

        Chicago also doesn’t have a pylon like Chara, God he’s slow.

        Chara cost Boston the Cup.

    • fpstratton - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      I disagree. Boston played an outstanding series. I think game 4 was the key. Chicago found a way to win in spite of the fact that the Bruins were outplaying them for long stretches. Why is Chicago lucky? It’s all about putting the puck in the back of the net, and no one did that better than the Blackhawks in 2013.

  4. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    As a Canucks fan, I loathe both teams but congratulations to both for terrific seasons.

    The Bruins are extremely resilient and exemplify what playoff hockey is about.

    Congrats to Chicago for a second Stanley Cup in 3 years. The Hawks went on a long drought before their last Cup win but have now earned the respect of the hockey world with 2 Stanley Cups in recent memory and a core group that makes them a perennial contender.

    Even though I will likely get thumbed down and flamed as the Canucks are so disliked, I just hope I can one day experience what Blackhawks fans are feeling tonight and what Bruins fans felt like 2 years ago.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      Tony Tanti

    • jdd428 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      A fellow Canucks fan here – but I’m from Chicago, so I was definitely very pro-Blackhawks in this one. In fact, I dislike all Boston teams (especially after the Pats beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl and the Bruins win over Vancouver two years ago).

      But these Bruins most certainly did not choke (as the Canucks did in 2011) and played a tremendous series. Both teams deserved to be here and the Hawks deserve a ton of credit for playing all the way until the final horn and getting the necessary goals late in the game.

  5. stakex - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    When you think about it, this final could have (and really should have) been completely different. Detroit should have won their series with Chicago, and Boston was all but finished with a couple minutes left in the first round and only survived because Toronto fell apart. That’s not to take anything away from Boston and Chicago. They fought hard, and found ways to win when they shouldn’t have… but its fun to think of how much different the finals could have been.

  6. giantssb42champs - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Bruins choked.
    ——————————-
    Becoming a staple for Boston sports teams.

    • canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      If you consider 3 Super Bowls, 2 World Series, an NBA Title, and a Stanley Cup in a little over a decade choking, I want some of what your on.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Pats choked in two Super Bowls
        Celts choked again
        Red Sox just plain suck
        Bruins choked on a big hairball last night.

        Yeah epic choking!!!

    • fpstratton - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Couldn’t disagree more. the Bruins were outstanding, and don’t forget they polished off a pretty good Pittsburgh Penguins team to get here.

  7. c1md6 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Congrats Chicago, as a Ranger fan I really had no dog in the fight but would’ve loved to see Jagr hoist the cup one last time.

  8. jpat2424 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Andrew Shaw what a F!?/Ing stud. He is a hawk through and through !!

  9. nhstateline - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Congratulations to the Blackhawks. Having seen the whole thing from inside the arena, I can say the following: the Hawks won the game, the Bruins didn’t choke. They got beat by a team that first pinched it’s d way up and made a very nice play then got a nice bounce and capitalized on it. I don’t see this last business a luck either. A play still had to be made. I’m proud of the Bruins and congratulate the Hawks and their fans. Well done and well earned.

  10. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Once Chicago got over the “aura” of Boston, it as over.

  11. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Begrudging credit from a bias site
    HAWKS WIN!!!!

  12. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Never a doubt. Boston got lucky to stay in this series long as they did. This sites hack writers cant diminish what Chicago did!
    Eat it east coast bias!!!

  13. theskinsman - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Hawks won the series,and this Bruins fan says..congrats.Well played,Chicago.

  14. giantssb42champs - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    If you consider 3 Super Bowls, 2 World Series, an NBA Title, and a Stanley Cup in a little over a decade choking, I want some of what your on.
    ————————–
    - 2008 pats blow 2 4q leads to lose perfect season
    - 2010 bruins blow 3-0 lead to flyers and 3-0 in game 7
    -2010 celtics lose game 7 of finals to Lakers after 14 lead in 2nd half
    -2009-10 Pats go 16-0 at home in regular season but 0-2 in playoffs including loss to Jets
    -2011 Red Sox blow largest September lead ever in MLB history, miss playoffs
    - 2012 Pats blow lead with just over a min left to lose SB
    -2013 Bruins blow 2-1 lead give up 2 goals in final 2 mins to lose game 6 of finals.

    • 1historian - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:34 AM

      Who do you root for? Or do you just make it your mission to dump on Boston teams for no particular reason other than that you can?

      Who do you root for? Anyone?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        It’s good fun to dump on Boston fans after listening to and reading their obnoxious comments. They got extremely lucky behind a hot goalie a couple of years ago for the first time in 40 years and they act like they are a perennial power. The b’s are a perennial doormat!

  15. andyreidisfat - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    The finals were kind of a let down when you look at the playoffs as a whole. Either way though a great year of hockey. Congrats to the hawks who were best team in hockey this season so I think the right team won the cup(and of course the wrong team, the pens, didnt).

    I think the best part of this season is the young talent the NHL has right now. I look at teams like the oilers and my flyers who have super young future all stars. I look at the young goalies, like bob and quick who are going to be good for a long time.

    It looks to me like the NHL if the promote the right way and these players keep getting better could be pushing once again into a boom period for popularity of the game. It doesn’t hurt that teams like Chicago, Boston, ny, and Toronto look like they could be good for a few years.

    I love it.

  16. girouxed - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Look at everyone kiss Chicago’s a**.

  17. mugsymagpie - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Giantssb42champs: it’s still more than what NY won. BTW, giants win sb then fail to make playoffs. Oh and don’t forget 2004 ALCS, Yankees up 3-0. You only wish you could’ve had it like us. How bout them Rangers bahahahahaha

  18. goirishgo - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Dominance doesn’t matter one bit. Winning 16 games is all that counts. And it’s pretty damn tough to be “dominant” against a team as good as Boston.

  19. bhawk729 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    The Blackhawks won, NBC…get over it and quit your bi&$:ing

  20. bhawk729 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    It seems like 19to77 is the only one who isnt a sore sport.

  21. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Make no mistake about it, Kane, Toews, Shaw and Duncan Keith dominated!

  22. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    What happened to dropthepuckeh.

    He’s been all mouth and now disappears when the Hawks dropthehammer EH!!!

  23. blackhawks2010 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Hawks skill, depth and heart were too much for Bruins to handle. No quit in those Hawks!

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