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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 10:35 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Toews greets Stanley Cup in Winnipeg

Travelers lucky enough to be passing through the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg on Friday morning were greeted by a surprise. It was there that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews -- flanked by family, friends and local police -- welcomed the Stanley Cup to the city for Toews' visit with the trophy.

After spending the previous day with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw in Belleville, Ontario, the Cup made its way to Winnipeg along with the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which Toews was awarded last month as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Moments after lifting the Cup from its protective case and posing for some photographs, Toews was greeted by a spontaneous eruption of cheers from people throughout the airport. Not a bad start to two days with the trophy.

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 9:28 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Jordan Subban happy to land in Vancouver

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jordan Subban acknowledged that his parents had to wait longer for his name to be called than when his older brothers were drafted.

Eldest brother P.K. was taken in the second round of the 2007 NHL Draft, while middle brother Malcolm was selected in the second round last year.

But despite having to wait until the 115th pick Sunday to hear his name called by the Vancouver Canucks, the youngest Subban, a defenseman, feels he's fallen into a great situation.

"Obviously I was hoping to go a little bit earlier, but it doesn't matter how long you wait. I've waited 18 years for this day," Subban said. "I'm just ecstatic that I've been given this opportunity to be part of an NHL organization. Being a Canadian team is the cherry on top."

Posted On Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 2:52 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Shaw's return from injury shows Hawks' resilience

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw avoided a potential nightmare scenario in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

With just over four minutes remaining in the first period, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton's shot deflected up and into Shaw's eye. The 21-year-old lay prone on the ice favoring his eye as blood poured onto the ice and the TD Garden crowd grimaced at replays of the injury.

Shaw quickly made his way to the Chicago dressing room, where he absorbed more stitches than he could keep track of before returning to the bench for the second period. He barely missed a shift.

Posted On Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 2:21 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks assistant Kompon back-to-back champ

BOSTON -- After the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, they managed to retain their entire roster and much of their coaching staff for this season. One of their only defections was assistant coach Jamie Kompon, who left the Kings to join the Chicago Blackhawks.

A year later, Kompon is the only person who can claim the distinction of being a two-time defending Stanley Cup champion. The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 Monday in Game 6 to wrap up the Final.

"We had a great team effort from the onset, working back with Joel [Quenneville] and [assistant coach Mike Kitchen]. 'Getting the band back together' as we called it," Kompon told "It was instant chemistry. That chemistry carried on with the team. They responded unbelievably. Their resilience and attitude, it was phenomenal."

Posted On Monday, 06.24.2013 / 12:29 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bergeron expected in Bruins lineup for Game 6

BOSTON -- Two days after leaving Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago with an injury that necessitated a trip to the hospital, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is expected to play in Game 6 on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Bergeron did not take part in the team's morning skate Monday, but it's likely he'll be on the ice when the puck drops.

"Patrice will dress for warm-up tonight and I'm feeling confident that he will play," Bruins coach Claude Julien said following the team's morning skate.

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 4:59 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks' Kane has a knack for big goals

BOSTON -- With all the huge plays he has made through his career, it's hard to believe that Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is still only 24 years old. Indeed, he was only 21 in 2010 when he scored one of the wildest -- and most unusual -- Cup-winning overtime goals in NHL history.

He has added to that resume of big goals since then, particularly in the past two weeks. So with all that history on his side, it's no wonder the hockey world will have at least one eye on Kane when he takes the ice with a chance to clinch a Stanley Cup championship Monday in Game 6 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden.

"You know, we were just kind of talking about that. I don't know, I think the stars would have to be aligned right for it to happen like that again," Kane said Sunday afternoon shortly after the team arrived in Boston. "I think the biggest thing is trying to help contribute any way I can. Help this team get a win, especially the situation we're in. We have a great opportunity. I'll do whatever I can to help the team win, and it would be a great feeling."

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 4:34 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks' goal is to remain focused

BOSTON -- Most NHL players go their entire careers without coming within a single victory of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

But heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), that's where the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves as they lead the Boston Bruins 3-2 in their best-of-7 series.

Eight players from the current Chicago team were in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010, when they held a 3-2 series lead on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Cup Final and wrapped up the series with forward Patrick Kane's overtime winner. The wisdom gained from that game and the calmness it inspires in the Blackhawks are huge asset three years later.

"It's a similar feeling, especially having the series tied 2-2 and taking Game 5 at home and coming on the road for Game 6. But, you have to be careful," Kane said Sunday. "Even a couple of years ago, Boston was down 3-2, they won at home and then won game 7 in Vancouver. This team is capable of coming back. For us, I know it's a big game, but you want to play like it's any other game."

Posted On Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 3:13 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Riding bikes aiding Chara, Ference in playoffs

BOSTON -- In a Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins that has been flush with indelible moments, there might not be a more surreal sight than that of 6-foot-9 Bruins captain Zdeno Chara riding his bicycle to and from practice.

It's a regular routine for one of the League's premier defenseman, who first fell in love with bicycling as a child when his father helped train cycling teams in their native Slovakia. Among the League's best-conditioned athletes, Chara is dedicated to his cycling regimen.

"He's been riding more than me lately. I think it's pretty fun," said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, himself a big cycling enthusiast. "During the offseason, it definitely has helped us with our training and whatnot. Both him and I like to take it to an extreme, as far as what kind of hills we're climbing."

Posted On Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 2:21 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Despite disappointing loss, Bruins find positives

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien admitted he wasn't a very happy man the morning after his team's 6-5 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 that squared the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece heading back to United Center for Game 5 Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

But despite a loss in which their defense appeared uncharacteristically porous, Julien and his troops came away with some positives. Most notably, the Bruins' ability to come back from several deficits.

"We scored five goals. We should be happy with that," Julien said before the team boarded a flight to Chicago on Thursday. "The goals that we gave a lot of times were just guys not being in the right place where they should have been. Instead of stopping in our positions, we did a lot of curling last night, which is usually a sign of our team struggling."

Posted On Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 2:00 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Game 4 win brings back 2010 memories for Chicago

BOSTON -- Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at TD Garden, in which the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Boston Bruins 6-5 in overtime, was an exciting back-and-forth affair that will go down as one for the ages.

The prior time a Stanley Cup Final game was decided by a 6-5 score in overtime, the New York Islanders defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the 1982 Final. But the Blackhawks don't have to look too far back to recall the lst 6-5 non-overtime game in the Final.

It was in Game 1 of the 2010 Final, when Chicago topped the Philadelphia Flyers, setting the stage for a wild series the Blackhawks would win in six games. Following Game 4 in Boston, some Blackhawks players from that 2010 Cup team started recalling the similar game against the Flyers.

"We've had some back-and-forth games. Game 1 in the 2010 Final in Philly was a similar kind of story," said forward Patrick Sharp, who scored Chicago's third goal in that 2010 game. "I know [Chicago coach] Joel [Quenneville] probably had a high heart rate there. Probably wasn't too happy with the chances we were giving up. But at the end of the day, I'm sure he's proud of the way we competed and battled and fought for each other."

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