Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell was a prominent figure during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, taking on a key offensive role for a team that was able to win its second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons Monday night.
Bickell, 27, scored eight goals during the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- one fewer than he had in 48 regular-season games. In the Western Conference Final, he scored goals in three consecutive games, then added a pair of assists in the clinching Game 5 win against the Los Angeles Kings.
Bickell was shut out through the first three games in the Stanley Cup Final, but he came through with two assists in Game 4 and added another in Chicago's 3-1 win in Game 5. When the Blackhawks needed him most in Game 6 on Monday, Bickell answered by scoring the tying goal with 1:16 remaining in regulation. Dave Bolland's goal 17 seconds later gave Chicago a 3-2 win.
He kept a player blog that appeared on NHL.com throughout the series against the Boston Bruins.
In his last entry, Bickell writes about the experience of winning the Stanley Cup on Monday at TD Garden: