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.
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.