The Bruins came out with a high intensity as they were putting everything they had into every shift. They succeeded in getting traffic at the net and outshot the Blackhawks 12-6 in the first period. The Bruins would be the first on the board as the Kelly-Paille-Seguin line struck again when Chris Kelly took a one-timer pass from Tyler Seguin and snapped the puck past Corey Crawford’s glove side for the first goal of the of game 6. The Bruins would need to ride this momentum if they wanted to force a game 7.
Little did we know after the first period that this would be one of the craziest games in Stanley Cup Finals history. The captain and former Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Toews, was able to go five-hole on Tuukka Rask to even the game at 1-1 at only 4:24 in the second period. Like other games in this series the true test of grit came in the third period as both teams battled it out to see who could get the crucial go ahead goal. It seemed like Milan Lucic had the game winner, as he was able to stop a bouncing puck and send it past Crawford at 12:11 in the third. The Bruins picked up some life and Chicago even pulled Crawford as they would make a last ditch effort to tie the game. Bryan Bickell scored the equalizer at 18:44 in the third as it looked like we were headed to the fourth overtime game in the series. With the cup now being polished for a possible Blackhawks victory, David Bolland was able to miraculously sore on Tuukka Rask with only 59 seconds left in the game. This was the clincher for the ‘Hawks as The Bruins couldn’t score on any chances for the rest of the game as they would go on to lose the game and the series.
The Bruins had a remarkable playoff run with the highlight being their game 7 victory against Toronto in the first round. At a time when the city of Boston was still shell shocked from a horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, this playoff run could not have come at a better time for the Bruins. It also allowed us to see a star emerge in Tuukka Rask who the Bruins will look to sign to a long-term deal this summer. The Blackhawks had been the best team in hockey all season long and played like it in this series. Congrats to the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.