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Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) and Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr (68), of the Czech Republic, pursue the puck during the first period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Two goals in 17 seconds give Blackhawks the Cup
NHL » Chicago celebrates stunning conclusion to 2nd title in 4 seasons.
First Published Jun 25 2013 08:49 am • Last Updated Jun 25 2013 11:55 pm

Boston • Two hours after clinching the Stanley Cup title, a handful of Chicago Blackhawks wandered back out onto the TD Garden ice in their street clothes.

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Two of them walked gingerly over to the corner and recreated the goals that brought the NHL season to a stunning conclusion. A few took swigs from Champagne bottles. Some posed for pictures. Others took them.

The Blackhawks celebrated their second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons on Monday night, coming from behind when Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 and take the best-of-seven series in six games.

"This goal, the ending — nobody saw it coming," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You just hope. And we tied it up and the other one was icing on the cake. But nobody foresaw either one coming.

"That series and the pace that we just saw for six straight games was an amazing series," he said. "Commend both teams for leaving it out there."


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Seventy-six seconds away from defeat and a trip home for a decisive seventh game, Bickell tied and, while the Bruins were settling in for another overtime in a series that has already had its share, Bolland scored to give Chicago the lead.

The back-to-back scores in about the time it takes for one good rush down the ice turned a near-certain loss into a championship clincher, stunning Boston’s players and their fans, and starting the celebration on the Blackhawks’ bench with 59 seconds to play.

"We thought we were going home for Game 7. You still think you’re going to overtime and you’re going to try to win it there. Then Bolly scores a huge goal 17 seconds later," said Chicago forward Patrick Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason’s most valuable player. "It feels like the last 58 seconds were an eternity."

The team that set an NHL record with a 24-game unbeaten streak to start the lockout-shortened season won three straight after falling behind 2-1 in the finals, rallying from a deficit in the series and in its finale. Corey Crawford made 23 saves, and Jonathan Toews returned from injury to add a goal and an assist in the first finals between Original Six teams since 1979.

"I still can’t believe that finish. Oh, my God, we never quit," Crawford said. "I never lost confidence. No one in our room ever did."

Trailing 2-1 with Crawford sent off for an extra skater, the Blackhawks converted when Toews fed it in front and Bickell scored from the edge of the crease to tie the score.

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