Game 6 began with Chicago and Philly trading goals as Dustin Byfuglien opened the scoring and Scott Hartnell notched the equalizer with 27 seconds to go in the opening period. Then the orange-clad crowd caught fire when Danny Briere gave Philly a 2-1 lead at the 8:00 mark in the second. But as they had all series long, the Blackhawks' young core fueled a scoring surge. Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd scored to give Chicago a 3-2 advantage after 40 minutes. The third period was a back-and-forth battle with strong goaltending by both Philadelphia's Michael Leighton and Chicago rookie Antti Niemi. With time running out on the Flyers' season, Hartnell rose to the occasion again, tallying his second goal of the game with just under four minutes left in the third.
That sent the game to overtime, where 21-year-old Patrick Kane cemented his place in Chicago sports history with the game-winning goal to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory and their first Cup in 49 years. For powering the Blackhawks offensively and defensively throughout the postseason, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews took home the Conn Smythe Trophy.