Not to Be Denied, Blackhawks Capture the Stanley Cup

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks completed a magical season with a 3-2 victory in Game 6 over the Boston Bruins. With the win the Hawks captured their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.The year started out with an incredible run of 24 consecutive wins without a regulation loss for the Blackhawks. Monday night, when Dave Bolland scored the second of two Chicago goals which came in a 17-second span, the Blackhawks became a team of destiny. This will be a Stanley Cup Final that will be remembered as one of the most intense and evenly matched in recent history.The Boston Bruins probably deserved better, they had an outstanding series. They are a team of well-coached warriors that battled with determination. Looking at the series on a per period basis the Bruins probably had the edge in play. The reason they were denied the privilege of hoisting Lord Stanley is because they played a group that refused to lose and wouldn’t be denied.

From the beginning of the season until the final horn sounded this Blackhawks team exhibited the character of a champion. There were doubters and until they evened the series with Boston at two games each, it looked like their championship bid may fall short. It wasn’t as if Boston lost the series, it was more a case of the will of the Hawks and skill level from top to bottom being the difference.

The Bruins had more players returning from their Cup conquest in 2011 than the Hawks had from their recent championship. That makes the victory for Chicago all the sweeter as they did it with players who knew what to expect and others who were thrust into a role that is difficult to prepare for.

The young Blackhawks like Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw had an impact in the playoffs. Bryan Bickell had a big role in this post season and potted the game tying goal in the third frame Monday night. Not to be forgotten is Corey Crawford who was sitting in the stands as a spectator during the 2010 Cup run and was the most consistent Hawk player this time around.

Patrick Kane came on the Finals to have a very good playoff run and to complete his finest season as a Blackhawk. Kane was rewarded for his post season achievements by being voted the Conn Smythe winner as the most valuable player throughout the playoffs. Kane mentioned there were other players that could have won the honor, one in particular was Crawford.

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