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The Friday Five: The Final Countdown

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks
Owner Frederick McLaughlin and the 1934 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks with the Stanley Cup.

With the 2012 Stanley Cup Final underway, the Friday Five revisits some of the Blackhawks' most memorable performances in the championship round.

1. Charlie Gardiner's shutout victory over the Detroit Red Wings through 90:05 of play in the series-deciding Game 4 of the 1934 Stanley Cup Final.

“Smiling Charlie” kept the Red Wings off the scoreboard through regulation and one and a half overtime periods. At the time, Gardiner was suffering from a chronic tonsil infection. He was the first goaltender to captain a Stanley Cup champion.

2. Harold “Mush” March’s Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime in Game 4 of the 1934 Stanley Cup Final.

Nicknamed "Mush" after a famously small Canadian cartoon character, March's two-way play and Cup-winning overtime goal on April 10, 1934 in Chicago made him a Blackhawks legend, bringing Chicago their first championship.

3. Tony Esposito’s shutout in Game 5 of the 1971 Stanley Cup Final.

"Tony O" registered his second shutout of the 1971 playoffs and secured the win to take a 3-2 lead over the Montreal Canadiens before Chicago fell in seven games. In all, Esposito surrendered 2.19 goals per game in that postseason. Esposito’s six career playoff shutouts remains a franchise record.

4. Dirk Graham’s hat trick in Game 4 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final.

Graham holds the record for the fastest three goals in one period (9:57) of a Stanley Cup Final game for his trio on June 1, 1992 against Pittsburgh. He also shares the NHL record for most goals in one period of a Cup Final game.

5. Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

After just 4:06 of overtime play, Kane registered his eighth point (3G, 5A) of the series against Philadelphia and third point of the game with his championship-deciding goal.

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