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Top Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Wins: 17 Seconds

By Colin Likas

It’s hard not to make this the top entry on our countdown of most memorable Chicago Blackhawks playoff wins under coach Joel Quenneville. The 17 seconds of Game 6 against Boston in 2013 will go down in Blackhawks history as one of the wildest moments to ever occur.

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Many of us were preparing for a Game 7 back at the United Center. The Blackhawks could hardly solve Tuukka Rask on this night at TD Garden in Boston. Then Bryan Bickell. Then Dave Bolland. What chaos, as Doc Emrick would say.

You all know what No. 1 is now, but let’s first talk about this crazy game that gave the Blackhawks their second Cup in the previous four seasons.

Note: Check out the previous entries in this series at the end of this post.

No. 2: 2013 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6

Chicago Blackhawks 3, Boston Bruins 2

It was difficult to find a highlight video from this game that didn’t feature only the last two minutes. This one is somewhat void of quality, but it’ll work.

The Blackhawks were a bit disorganized in the early stages of this game, as the Bruins were firing everything they could at the net in an effort to force a seventh game. After chances by the likes of Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly were denied, the Bruins won an offensive-zone draw and got to work. Current Rockford IceHog Daniel Paille won the puck in a scrum above the circles and sent it past a Blackhawks stick to Tyler Seguin. The eventually-ousted Seguin settle the puck and saw Kelly all alone below the circle to Corey Crawford‘s left, made the pass and watched as Kelly slapped the puck past a sprawling Crow to give Boston a lead about seven minutes in.

A Johnny Boychuk slapper from the blue line not long after sent Crow to the ice and searching for the puck through traffic. Though it resulted in a penalty to Johnny Oduya, the Blackhawks held the Bruins off this time.

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  • A Michal Rozsival penalty late in the same period saw Boston rush up ice for a good chance. Brad Marchand, of all people, deked Niklas Hjalmarsson out of his skates and threw the puck at the net for David Krejci. The rolling puck couldn’t be settled by Krejci, who sent it over top the relatively open net.

    The Blackhawks’ first goal would come in the second period on a simple play. Jonathan Toews won a neutral-zone faceoff with Andrew Shaw in the penalty box, and Rozsival chipped the puck ever so slightly up the boards. It somehow led to a 2-on-1 for Toews and Patrick Kane, with the captain sniping a pick through Rask to frustrate the ill-tempered goaltender and tie the game just as Shaw’s penalty had expired less than five minutes into the second.

    After Brent Seabrook‘s mid-second-period penalty was killed off — though not with some tense moments — the Blackhawks stayed out of further penalty trouble. A Seguin penalty later in the second gave the Blackhawks some nice chances, especially from Bickell and Kane on the doorstep, but it was no dice that time.

    So on to a big third period the teams went, still tied at 1. Paille showed nice backchecking ability in the neutral zone and teamed with Seguin to get a great chance right in front of Crawford early in the period, but the goaltender shut the door.

    Things got sloppy with less than nine minutes to play after Andrew Ference ripped a shot off Crawford’s pads. The puck would be sent out of the zone after that, but sent right back in behind Crow’s cage. The goaltender went out to play it and barely got it through the backcheck of Lucic. Duncan Keith accepted the puck but turned it over to Krejci behind the net. Krejci threw it out in front, and Lucic swatted away until one of his swipes sent the puck past Crow. Those in Boston likely thought Lucic had just ensured a Game 7, what with the way Rask was playing and how there was only about eight minutes to play.

    Nothing was done to change that view until there was less than 1:30 to go. Let’s turn it over to John Wiedeman and Troy Murray on WGN Radio for the call.

    Do I need to say much more about this game? Just listen to Murray’s reaction each step of the way. That’s how all Chicago Blackhawks fans were feeling. What a wild swing of emotions, and what a wild way to win a championship. And it’s still only No. 2 on this list.

    Fasten your seatbelts.

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