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The lasting visual -- as it typically is when the Stanley Cup Final comes to an end -- will be of Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews taking the famed trophy from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
For the Boston Bruins, it'll be a series of images, a B-roll of nightmares where a one-goal lead turned into 3-2 defeat in a matter of 17 seconds in the closing moments of Game 6 of the final at TD Garden on Monday night.
"Forever," Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. "You are going to remember it forever. You remember winning it, but you remember losing it a little bit more."
It slipped away so quickly. Both bruised teams looked to be headed on a plane bound for Chicago for a Game 7, which would have been Wednesday. Then Toews tossed the puck out front to Bryan Bickell, who slipped it past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
Game tied 2-2 with 1:16 remaining in regulation, just as Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was pulled for an extra attacker.
"It's shocking," Rask said. "You think you have things under control. We killed a big penalty there (near the end of the game). We were thinking 'Oh, we're just going to keep it tight and score maybe an empty-netter.' And then, all of the sudden, they score a goal."
The Bruins -- who were looking to win their second Cup over the past three seasons -- were toast off the ensuing face-off. Moments later, a Johnny Oduya slap shot pinged off the post and Dave Bolland directed the rebound into the net for the eventual game-winner with 59 seconds remaining.
"All of a sudden, it felt like you had so much weight (was) on your back," Bruins forward David Krejci said. "You couldn't move, couldn't think, and just couldn't get it done."
The Bruins were on the other end against the Maple Leafs in the first round. The Leafs were up 4-1 midway through the third period -- and ahead 4-3 with 51 seconds left in regulation -- only to fall in overtime of Game 7.
The Blackhawks had a one-game cushion since they entered Game 6 of the best-of-seven series up 3-2. Bickell admitted he was all but certain they'd need it as the clock ticked down on Monday.
"We thought we were going into a Game 7," Bickell said. "This is going to go down in history. This is unbelievable. To tie it up and the way we did. It says a lot about the character in the locker room. We never give up."
Unfortunately for Bruins fans, this was history repeated -- albeit not on hockey's largest stage. Boston had a 3-0 lead in a series and also a 3-0 lead in Game 7 of second round of the playoffs in 2010 only to lose both advantages as the Philadelphia Flyers advanced. Coincidentally, the Flyers eventually lost to the Blackhawks in the finals.
Bruins coach Claude Julien, just as he did in 2010, addressed a sullen locker room.
"It was tough walking in that dressing room," Julien said, "and seeing how disappointed everybody was. As I often say, there's a lot of teams that would have loved to have been in our position tonight and getting that opportunity, and we've got to look at the positive."
Julien didn't make excuses for a beaten-up roster of players, including his best two-way forward Patrice Bergeron, who reportedly played through a broken rib. (Bergeron had to be taken to hospital in Game 5 for observation.) Forwards Nathan Horton (separated shoulder), veteran winger Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Zdeno Chara also were banged up.
The Blackhawks' injuries included Toews, who, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, said had "his bell rung" in Game 5, where he missed the final period. Toews responded Monday with Chicago's first goal that tied the game at 1-1 in the second period and added the game-tying assist.
Other than a gnarly mullet, Patrick Kane was seemingly healthy as he claimed the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He had seven goals over the last eight games of the playoffs.
Blackhawks' winger Marian Hossa said he had an injured disc in his back that pressed against a nerve and caused one of his feet to go numb. Bickell had a knee injury. Quenneville added that Michal Handzus had "everything wrong with him: wrist, knee, old age."
None of that mattered after the 'Hawks became the first team to come back from a goal down in the final two minutes to win in regulation of a Stanley Cup-clinching game. The pain became worth it once Toews grasped the Cup and began handing it down the line of teammates.
"I just had a good feeling about it," Bolland said of the closing few minutes. "I don't know why. I've been optimistic of this group all year. They never let me down."
BEST OF MAXIM
After celebrating their Stanley Cup win in the locker room, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and some of his teammates took the celebration out onto the ice. The Bruins TD Garden was completely empty and Toews did a little shimmy and then moonwalked on the ice. It was cool to see “Captain Serious” having fun and letting loose.
[Eye on Hockey]
Jonathan Toews is one of the most reserved star players in the NHL, so seeing him open up a bit after the Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup in four years was pretty great. Check out the captain moonwalking on the TD Garden ice following the win.
[Eye on Hockey]
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[The Big Lead]
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Johnny Boychuk will be on the ice on Monday night.
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The hit did not draw a penalty on the ice. It was...
The playoff beard never quite came in for Jonathan Toews. Same for Patrick Kane.
It's OK. It looks as if they are going to get plenty of practice in the coming years.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So Monday night, the Stanley Cup will be waiting in the wings for the Chicago Blackhawks, who have a chance to win it for the second time in four years, even as Chicago’s captain, Jonathan Toews, and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins are questionable for the game because of injuries sustained Saturday in a 3-1 Blackhawks victory...
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The NHL had a chance to send a message about the unacceptability of head-hunting hits such as the one Boston’s Johnny Boychuk delivered to Jonathan Toews...
The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek believes that the Stanley Cup Final has been nothing less than "epic," and he believes that it will deliver a conclusion fitting for an abbreviated 2013 season jam-packed with dramatic action:
Monday night, the Stanley Cup will be waiting in the wings for the Chicago Blackhawks, who have a chance to win it for the second time...