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2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

Blackhawks' 'old dinosaurs' savor first Cup victory

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews ran the play just the way he wanted to late Monday night.

After receiving the Stanley Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman not long after Chicago's historic come-from-behind 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Toews raised it, kissed it then handed it off to 36-year-old center Michal Handzus for his first touch of the silver trophy. Handzus hoisted the Cup and eventually gave it to 38-year-old Jamal Mayers, a healthy scratch during the playoffs, who then delivered the 35-pound trophy to 34-year-old defenseman Michal Rozsival.

It's something the three veterans with a combined 2,883 games of NHL experience (regular season and playoffs) will never forget. It was the first time each experienced handling the Stanley Cup.

"Oh, you've gotta give it to the old guys," Toews said on the ice, not long after he started the procession for the second time in 36 months. "You want to win for yourself, but for those guys especially. That's the best feeling, I think. Watching those guys, what they've been through in their career and to be part of this special group to win here in Chicago, it's awesome."

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4