The Chicago Blackhawks stunned the Boston Bruins in Game 6 to win their second Cup in four years.
The Boston Bruins were less than a minute and a half away from sending this series to a seventh and final game Wednesday night, but lost the lead and the series in painful fashion. Tied at one goal apiece, winger Milan Lucic scored with 7:49 left in the third. The Bruins killed a Chris Kelly penalty with under three minutes to go before the wheels came off. Bryan Bickell tied the game with 1:16 remaining which took the air out of TD Garden. Just seventeen seconds later, Dave Bolland scored the clincher. The Chicago Blackhawks captured their second Stanley Cup in four years and the fifth in their history.
The series lived up to its billing. Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Kane led Chicago with 19 points in the playoffs, with nine goals and 10 assists in 23 games. He had five points (three goals and two assists) in the six games against the Bruins in the Finals. After a slow start Kane had seven goals and two assists in the final eight games of the playoffs. Of the six games, only three of them ended in regulation. The Bruins led the series 2-1 and appeared to be wearing down Chicago with their physical play. Before Game 4, Kane and Toews were reuinited on the first line and Chicago never looked back. Corey Crawford had a shaky Game 4 despite winning in overtime, but turned in solid efforts in Game 5 (24 saves on 25 shots) and Game 6 (23 saves on 25 shots).
Had Boston won, Tuukka Rask was the favorite for the Conn Smythe. Rask finished the playoffs with a 14-8 record in 22 games, allowed 46 goals in 761 shots, a GAA of 1.88 and a SV% of .940 (tops in the playoffs) and three shutouts (tied with LA's Jonathan Quick for most in the playoffs). As well as Rask played, the shadow of Tim Thomas still looms over his postseason performance. Until he wins a Cup, he will continue to be (unfairly?) compared to Thomas' shutdown run of 2011.