On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History,
On June 24, 2013 the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game #6 of the Stanley Cup Final, but it will be remembered for 17 Awesome seconds in the third period of that contest.
It’s almost hard to believe it’s already been 2 years since Dave Bolland knocked in a rebound from a Johnny Oduya shot that was deflected for a 3-2 lead. You can almost still hear Ed Olczyk saying it looks like a yard sale out there with Bolland losing both gloves and a stick.
I couldn’t believe what I had just saw, like most fans I was expecting a Game #7 because the series had been that good with overtime games and great performances from both teams stars while both fighting through pretty some big injuries especially Patrice Bergeron, Marian Hossa, and Jonathan Toews.
There it was though, the Chicago Blackhawks let Milan Lucic score in the middle of the third period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, but one thing we have learned through the years about this team is that they are never going to give up and they always seem to have a little bit of magic left for the end of games.
When watching the tying goal it’s the Captain Jonathan Toews that helps win the puck with a nifty stick lift and then when Duncan Keith gets him the puck, Toews puts a perfect pass through Chara’s legs right to Bryan Bickell who buries it. The entire sequence for the tying goal is one big highlight reel of how to play team hockey in the final minute with the goalie pulled.
Of course as we all know and as the great Paul Harvey would have said back in the day, The REST OF THE STORY lasted 17 more seconds with the Bruins bubble deflated, the Chicago Blackhawks 4th line went out and did some work! Michael Frolik who was a great 4th line player in 2013 shot the puck in and deflected the Johnny Oduya shot and there was our old friend Dave Bolland behind everyone knocking in the rebound.
The first two Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cups of this ERA were so shockingly great that you could only sit there in awe and wonder what did I just witness. First the Patrick Kane goal in Philly that no one saw go in, and on this date 2 years ago 17 seconds of greatness to win the Cup, it is a special time to be a Chicago Blackhawks fan!
Of course there’s video evidence of the story and here it is:
These 17 Seconds will never be forgotten!!
What is your favorite memory from this date 2 years ago?
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