CHICAGO (CBS) — In an almost improbable comeback, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 for their second Stanley Cup title since 2010.
David Bolland scored with just 58 seconds left to give Chicago the lead after Bryan Bickell had tied it 17 seconds earlier.
Bolland’s game-winner came on a rebound of Johnny Odyua’s shot from the point the clanked off the post. Bolland quickly stuffed the puck past goaltender Tuukka Rask and then tossed his gloves and raised his fists in triumph.
“It’s unbelievable, it happened so fast,” said captain Jonathan Toews. “It’s awesome. We are going back home and we got the Cup.”
And just like the championship in 2010 in Philadelphia, the Blackhawks won it on the road avoiding a do-or-die Game 7 back at the United Center.
“It’s always the best feeling in the world, it’s perfect,” said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville.
And it certainly looked like Chicago fans were looking at a Game 7 after the Bruins largely dominated play until the last minute.
The victory set off a huge celebration across the city, but there were no reports of any violence and just a few arrests.
Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player. Despite his magic during the series, he was even surprised that the Hawks pulled this victory out of the hat.
“You think you are going back to Chicago for Game 7, then you think you are going into overtime, then you score 17 seconds later,” he said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
“We needed some heroes and Kane was one of them,” Toews said.
Boston’s Milan Lucic put Boston ahead 2-1, at 12:11 of the third period. That left many Chicago fans simply hoping to get one back and send the game into yet another overtime.