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Keith's 'Small Play' changes course of Game 6

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 11:43 AM / Small Plays

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Keith's 'Small Play' changes course of Game 6
Visa presents "Small Plays," which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results.

Visa presents "Small Plays" which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results. Here is a recent example from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

Keith's short pass sets up the equalizer: The moment was desperate. The Chicago Blackhawks were 76 seconds away from having to fly back home and play a winner-take-all Game 7 on a night they could have closed out the series and lifted the Stanley Cup. As the Boston Bruins clung to a 2-1 lead in the final moments, the Blackhawks scrambled to put the puck on net as Jonathan Toews jostled in the corner with Boston's Dennis Seidenberg and David Krejci. The puck slip up the halfboards to Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, who deposited a quick pass back to Toews at the side of the net. Toews then dished the puck in front to Bryan Bickell, who beat Boston's Tuukka Rask to tie the game. Just 17 seconds later Chicago put another one past the stunned Bruins en route to their second Stanley Cup title in four years, a title that would have been in doubt were it not for the quick, smart passing of Keith.

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