Jun 25, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT
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.
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.
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.”
Sep 17, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT
Insert your “humongous big” jokes here.
Sep 17, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT
Quite an open letter.
Sep 17, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT
Sep 17, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
His agent says it’s best to leave town and avoiding being a distraction.
Sep 17, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT
“No matter how much my old teammates say it doesn’t bother them, it affects them. It does in that city.”
Sep 17, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT
And on the possibility of his client signing an offer sheet? “Well, we’ll have to see.”
Sep 17, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT
“Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen.”
Sep 17, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
“We’ve been told if we don’t give them what they want, they’ll be leaving town.”
Sep 17, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT
Veteran d-man just turned 40 years old.
Sep 17, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
Sep 17, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT
“That is significantly good to hear.”
Sep 17, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
“I’ve been with the team for eight years, and I don’t know if I’ve been more disappointed about anything that’s been written,” said Pierre Dorion.
Sep 17, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT
Enter Radim Vrbata.
Sep 17, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT
“I actually thought I had a great year up to the Olympic break and even after.”
Sep 17, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT
“The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it.”
Sep 17, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
Yet he says his contract status won’t be an issue this season.
Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The Blues acquired him from Toronto.
Sep 17, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT
Those prospects could get longer looks if Ryan Johansen misses the preseason.
Sep 17, 2014, 7:56 AM EDT
Wednesday’s collection of links.
Sep 16, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT
“It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up.”
- Wild hand Bryzgalov a training camp tryout 0
- Update: Wild’s Harding out indefinitely with fractured foot 12
- Johansen heads home from Columbus as talks get even messier 5
- Kesler accuses Vancouver media of making up stories, ‘throwing people under the bus’ 16
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal 47
- Mike Yeo is pretty unhappy with Minnesota’s goalie situation 20
- Much to his relief, Lecavalier will start season at center 11
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands 61
- Advantage Kuemper? Harding on crutches after ankle injury 15
- Done deal, finally: Wings ink DeKeyser to two-year, $4.375M extension 11
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands (61)
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (54)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (47)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)