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    The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions

    Post by Hollywood on Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:44 pm

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    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH! The Chicago Blackhawks are the Champions! I'm very happy right now. What a game, and it ended in OT. The Flyers played great, and congrats to them for a great run. Lol Bettman is being booed.


    [URL="http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2009030416"]NHL.com Article[/URL]

    PHILADELPHIA -- Three seasons of change, two seasons of genuine excitement and one season that could only be defined by one silver trophy came down to one game plus for a place in history Wednesday night at Wachovia Center.

    You've got your Stanley Cup, Chicago. Now get ready for your parade.

    The Blackhawks dominated the Philadelphia Flyers for most of the night, but still needed overtime to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Patrick Kane scored 4:10 into the extra session to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoffs' most valuable player.

    Kane's shot from the lower left circle found the inside of the right post and went through Michael Leighton and banked back into the goal. The play was reviewed briefly, slowing the celebration, but eventually it was ruled a goal and the Hawks went wild.

    The Blackhawks raised the Cup, which didn't enter the building until 9:22 p.m. ET, before an orange crush crowd of 20,327 fans, the most to ever see a National Hockey League game in the state of Pennsylvania.

    That record-setting crowd went wild when Scott Hartnell scored the game-tying goal off a pin-balling puck with 3:59 to play in regulation. Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi also had to make one giant save on Jeff Carter with a little over a minute left in regulation to make sure the game got to overtime.

    Niemi made two saves in overtime and 21 in total to win the Stanley Cup only 25 months and four days since signing with the Hawks as an undrafted and unrestricted no-name free agent out of Finland.

    Niemi, who played in only 39 regular season games, finished his first tour through the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 16-6 record. He was 26-7 during the regular season. Michael Leighton faced 41 shots, including two in overtime, and made 37 saves in defeat.

    Not only did the Blackhawks have to regroup after the third period, but they also had to come back from a 2-1 deficit after Danny Briere scored eight minutes into the second period.

    Patrick Sharp got the tying goal (his 11th of the playoffs) during a 4-on-4 situation only 1:58 after Briere made it 2-1. Andrew Ladd made it 3-2 on a deflection less of Niklas Hjalmarsson's slap shot less than seven minutes later.

    Matt Carle, pressured by a forechecking Sharp, coughed the puck up and Patrick Kane gobbled it up. He took it up to the right point and shoveled the puck over to Hjalmarsson, who waited, wound up and fired with Ladd cutting across Leighton's line of sight.

    Hjalmarsson's shot appeared to be heading wide left, but it changed directions and went in off of Ladd's stick blade with 2:17 remaining in the second period.

    The Blackhawks had their fifth power play of the game bleed over into the third period as 32 ticks remained on Briere's cross-checking penalty. However, the Flyers were able to kill the rest of it off and were hoping to take momentum from that.

    Instead, Chicago, as it did for most of the night, settled into its game and controlled the pace until late in the period when Hartnell provided his own brand fireworks.

    It appeared the Flyers were going to steal momentum when Mike Richards leveled Tomas Kopecky on the wall only 40 seconds before Briere's goal. But Braydon Coburn gave it back when he cross-checked Ladd nine seconds later.

    The penalties evened out when Hossa was called for goalie interference with 40 seconds left in Coburn's penalty. Sharp got his goal 11 seconds before Coburn was allowed back on the ice and then Ladd got his less than seven minutes later.

    Chicago held a 27-13 advantage in shots on goal after two periods largely because it owned the play for the opening 19:33 of the first period. Penalties got in the way of what could have been a dominating first period on the scoreboard, too.

    The Blackhawks took a 1-0 Byfuglien's power-play goal with 3:41 to play in the period, but Scott Hartnell tied it up in the final minute when Brent Sopel was serving his second minor penalty of the period and the Hawks' third overall.

    Sopel was called for interfering with Ville Leino away from the play.

    Hartnell, who was lying down in front of the crease while Chris Pronger had the puck was at the top of the zone, got up and punched home the rebound of Briere's shot from the top of the left circle.

    The Flyers couldn't get a shot on goal on either of their first two power plays, but managed three shots and a goal on their third.

    Minutes before Hartnell scored, Chicago got on the board with some nifty and quick puck movement. Pronger was in the penalty box for his high-stick on Kris Versteeg. Like Sopel, it was Pronger's second minor of the period.

    After clearing the puck out of a scrum on the right side, Duncan Keith fed Kane, who dished to down low to Toews by the right post. Toews' pass to the slot went off Leighton, but to Byfuglien in front. He banged it in to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

    Byfuglien's shot was the Hawks' 17th of the period. At the time the Flyers had only three.


    Shift of the game: After surviving an early storm in overtime, the Hawks turned the tide on the Flyers and Patrick Kane somehow slithered a shot from the lower left circle through Michael Leighton and into the net to win the Stanley Cup 4:10 into overtime.


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