With the game on the line down 1, Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland stepped up scoring two goals in an impressive 17 seconds to pull through and win the Stanley Cup. With such a gripping and dramatic comeback, there’s no wonder sports is much-loved across the globe.
Milan Lucic’s third-period goal was set to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory and a new lease of life in the final.
But with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford out for an extra attacker, Bickell tied it up at 18:44 after Jonathan Toews circled out of the corner when Boston was unable to clear the puck. With two teammates waiting for him in front of goal, Toews chose Bickell and the game was suddenly tied.
What a heart breaking moment for Bruins fans.
Corey Crawford made 23 saves to record the victory — and exorcise some demons after allowing goals in consecutive overtimes in a first-round postseason departure at the hands of the Coyotes last year — and Toews had a goal and an assist for the Hawks.
“Everyone was behind each other,” Crawford said. “We worked hard for each other all year and I’m so proud of everyone in that room.”
Chris Kelly and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, with Lucic’s goal with 7:49 to go threatening to send the series back to Chicago for a Game 7. But Tuukka Rask couldn’t hold off a furious attack and allowed Bolland’s goal at 19:01 of the third off a rebound of a Johnny Oduya shot.
“The puck went back to the ‘D,’ and (Oduya) shot it,” Bolland said. “All I knew was it was sitting in front of me, so I had to tap it in. As a team we just never give up. We’d battled back from bigger deficits than this. As a team, we did it all.”
Patrick Kane, who had nine goals and 10 assists in 23 games, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason.
“All the hard work pays off in the end,” Kane said. “These are the feelings you live for. It’s going to be a great summer enjoying this. This year we had a great team and we really followed through. Being down 2-1 (on Monday night) in the last couple of minutes, coming back and winning in regulation, it’s just unbelievable, this team.”
President John McDonough added: “It was a grueling two months. These guys played their absolute best when their backs were against the wall. We’re going to savor (Monday). I think lightning just struck.”