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Massachusetts governor makes good on Cup bet

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 10:57 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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A bet is a bet, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is certainly a man of his word.

Following a friendly Stanley Cup wager with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, the politicians are coming together Tuesday to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The afternoon at the food bank is part of a bet made prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, in which the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in six games.

The wager dictated that the losing team's governor would agree to spend the day volunteering at a food bank in the winning team's city. Patrick grew up in Chicago and last month had a portion of a city street named in his honor. It was just one high-profile bet made on a series that will forever be ranked among the most exciting Cup Finals in recent history.

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Blackhawks celebrate with crowd of 2 million

Friday, 06.28.2013 / 5:55 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Once again, the sun beat down on a sweltering day in late June as thousands lined a parade route that stretched from United Center on the west side all the way to Grant Park near Lake Michigan.

Once again, three years after flooding the streets with red and black for the same reason, fans of the Chicago Blackhawks didn't care a bit about the heat or the crowds, showing up en masse Friday morning for another memorable Stanley Cup victory parade.

They lined up outside United Center and gathered in large groups all along the way, as a procession full of packed trolley cars and double-decker buses carrying players and their families rolled past. There was confetti galore along Columbus Avenue, shot out of air cannons, and just like three years ago, the Blackhawks soaked in every second.

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Blackhawks' Cup parade Friday on NHL Network

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 6:20 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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The Chicago Blackhawks will celebrate their second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons with a parade and rally in the Windy City on Friday.

Festivities get underway at 11:30 a.m. ET; the parade will run from United Center and end with a rally in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.

"The City of Chicago is so proud of our Blackhawks, and we are looking forward to celebrating their championship with the best fans in the world," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Wednesday. "We also ask fans to enjoy the celebration responsibly by respecting the city and each other."

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Bruins proud of their season, reaching Final

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 4:39 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, the Boston Bruins have lost in the first round and lost in Game 6 of the Cup Final the past two years, respectively.

There are different degrees of disappointment, and the Bruins know at least a couple of them.

"I mean at the end you did go all the way to the Finals, but it didn't feel any better when you lose," defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said Wednesday during the Bruins' breakup day at TD Garden. "But if you look back at it, I'm sure not a lot of guys have, or me, we did overcome a lot and there were a lot of injuries, young guys stepping up. Guys really sacrificed a lot and put in a lot of effort to get there."

Boston led the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. The Bruins led Game 6, with their backs against the wall, 2-1, with less than 90 seconds to play. Then 17 seconds brought two Chicago goals and a Blackhawks celebration on Garden ice.

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Five reasons Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 2:25 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Ever since an unforgettable 24-game point streak to start the season, the Chicago Blackhawks repeatedly said that feat alone would mean nothing to them without a Stanley Cup title to go with it.

It ought to mean something now, after their come-from-behind 3-2 Cup-clinching win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at TD Garden.

The late-game heroics of Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland, who scored 17 seconds apart in the game's final 1:16, not only clinched Chicago's second title in the past four seasons but validated a memorable season.

How did the Blackhawks do it this time? Here are five reasons they were able to upend the Bruins:

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Bolland's late goal clinches Cup for Blackhawks

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 2:31 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, Dave Bolland was a key secondary scorer that postseason and a consistent headache for the top players from opposing teams.

Bolland's 2012-13 season was defined by stops and starts because of injuries, and his performance in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs before Monday night at TD Garden was considerably less remarkable than three years prior.

None of that matters now.

Bolland's name will forever be associated with this postseason, and this will be one of the most memorable years of his career. The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 to the Boston Bruins late in Game 6 before Bryan Bickell tied the contest with 1:16 left in regulation.

Seventeen seconds later, Bolland pounced on a rebound near the left post and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal. It is the first time in League history a Cup-clinching goal has been scored in the 60th minute.

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Toews leads Blackhawks to second Stanley Cup

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 2:30 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The captain traditionally is the first person to hoist the Stanley Cup after his team wins the Final. After the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6, captain Jonathan Toews was summoned to center ice to receive the Cup for the second time in four playoff seasons.

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It was a fitting reward for Toews following a 24-hour period in which he went from being questionable for the game to leading his team to a championship with a herculean effort in Game 6.

"[Toews] is always the same. He's the same player that's never backed down," said teammate David Bolland, who scored the Cup-winning goal with 58.3 seconds remaining in regulation. "Through injury or not, he battles to the end. He's the best captain in the League."

Toews had two assists in Chicago's 3-1 victory in Game 5, but he also sustained a barrage of big hits from Boston's defense, including a blow from Johnny Boychuk as Toews crossed into the middle of the ice. Toews was kept off the ice for the third period, and the big question for the Blackhawks the following day was whether their captain would be able to play in Game 6.

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Blackhawks' late rally caps epic Final with Bruins

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 2:00 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- It seemed like a fitting way to end this back-and-forth series.

With the Boston Bruins leading the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 late in the third period in Game 6, the expectation throughout TD Garden was that the Stanley Cup Final would head back to Chicago for a winner-take-all Game 7 Wednesday night.

Instead, what ensued Monday was one of the wildest -- possibly the wildest -- finishes in Final history.

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Hawks position themselves as NHL's model franchise

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 1:47 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Facing the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals gave the Chicago Blackhawks the chance to beat the team that has been the gold standard in the NHL for the better part of two decades.

When the 2013-14 season begins in October, a lot of other franchises may be looking at Chicago as the NHL's new model franchise.

The Blackhawks became the first franchise to win the Stanley Cup twice in the salary cap era Monday night by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 at TD Garden in Game 6 of the Final. Given the construction of their roster, they might not be done.

"Two times. Two times in four years. There is something about this core," Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane said. "We've got to stay together, because I think we can do some special things in the future."

There have been several new contenders for the title of top organization in the NHL since 2005, when the salary-cap era began. Other clubs have tried to build a consistent contender in the mold of the Red Wings, who won their fourth Cup in an 11-year span in 2008.

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Kane becomes fourth American to win Conn Smythe

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 1:39 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON -- Despite a familiarity with the big moment, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane couldn't comprehend what he had accomplished Monday night.

His Blackhawks had just finished a comeback for the ages -- scoring the tying and winning goals 17 seconds apart in the dying moments of Game 6 to fashion a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden and win the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons -- and the usually unflappable Kane was at a loss.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had already handed Kane the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he had already had a twirl with the Stanley Cup hoisted above his head and had posed for the team picture with the most cherished trophy his sport knows.

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