MONTREAL – The Canadiens know all about winning Stanley Cups in dramatic fashion.
When Patrick Kane sealed the Blackhawks’ first Stanley Cup in 49 years on Wednesday night with his overtime goal, he joined the ranks of a select group of players to have clinched the Cup in OT.
The first player to turn the trick since Jason Arnott of the Devils in 2000 and the 16th player to ever do so since 1917-18, Kane also joined four Habs on that select list including Toe Blake (1944), Elmer Lach (1953), Henri Richard (1966) and Jacques Lemaire (1977).
To call the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals explosive would be an understatement, with the ‘Hawks and Flyers combining for 47 goals. Free-wheeling Cup Finals aren’t foreign to Chicago. In 1971 against the Habs a total of 58 goals were scored in the seven-game thriller won by Montreal. Only two years later, the Original Six rivals combined for 56 goals in their Finals rematch when the Canadiens again came out on top, this time in six games.
In their quest to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961, the Blackhawks wisely turned to someone with a Canadiens pedigree who was aptly named after hockey’s Holy Grail. While his dad Scotty was busy guiding the Canadiens dynasty in the 1970s as head coach, Stanley Bowman was busy being born.
Following in his father’s winning footsteps, the 36-year-old Blackhawks general manager has become only the fourth rookie GM to ever win the Cup, joining both Habs architects Sam Pollock (1965) and Irving Grundman (1979) and Detroit’s Ken Holland (1998). Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.See alsoVote for the most improved player of the season Year in review - Dominic Moore Year in review - Josh Gorges Year in review – Marc-Andre Bergeron