On a day when the Chicago Blackhawks are parading through the streets of their city to celebrate a second Stanley Cup victory in four years, the team’s owners took the opportunity to show a great deal of class by thanking their opposition. The full-page ad you see above appeared in Friday morning’s edition of the Boston Globe. It was aimed at thanking the Boston Bruins and the city of Boston for their hospitality.
The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals was one of the most dramatic and entertaining in recent history. Players fought through everything from a pulled hamstring to a lung puncture, and their toughness was not lost on the fans. In addition, the past few months have presented trying times for Bostonians outside of the sporting world. The Blackhawks’ letter to Boston read as follows:
The Boston Bruins did not have many people outside the New England area rooting for them in the Stanley Cup Finals, because people love to see Boston teams lose. The recent success of the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics has made people resent fans in the Boston area for what they believe are overly cocky attitudes. The city of Toronto had a difference reason for rooting for the Bruins to lose.
If you can remember back to mid-May, you may recall the Maple Leafs leading the Bruins 4-1 halfway through the third period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Toronto somehow went on to lose that game, and the city has not gotten over it.
I never understood stuff like this. Wouldn’t you want to be able to say you lost to the best? Not only that, but Toronto is just calling further attention to the embarrassing meltdown the Maple Leafs put their fans through in their first playoff appearance since 2004.
If this was a Montreal paper, you could understand. The Bruins and Canadiens have one of the greatest rivalries in sports. The Maple Leafs are simply trying to form an identity roughly 50 years after they used to own the NHL. This doesn’t really help.
Patrice Bergeron is known as the heart and soul of the Boston Bruins for a number of reasons. One of them is his toughness, and that quality was on full display during his team’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in what turned out to be the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night.
After the game, Bergeron revealed that he had played Game 6 with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder. The rib injuries were suffered during Game 5, when Bergeron had to leave at the beginning of the second period and did not return. However, his trip to the hospital during Game 5 had to do with concerns about his spleen, as rumored. He said the shoulder separation happened during Game 6.
“I think it was more they were worried about my spleen being hurt, that’s why I went to the hospital: check on my spine, muscles and so forth,” Bergeron said, via ESPNBoston.com. “Obviously, I would have liked to stay in there, but I was obviously going through a lot of pain.”
A lot of guys were playing through pain. Andrew Shaw took a puck to the face and bled throughout almost the entire third period on Monday night. Nathan Horton had been battling chronic shoulder separation since the end of the regular season. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa were also battling undisclosed injuries.
But it sounds like Bergeron had it the worst, and he still managed to play 17:45 on 24 shifts in Game 6 while registering two hits. It takes tremendous toughness to even skate with a broken rib and separated shoulder, let alone delivering and taking hits.
Game 6 will be remembered for the Bruins blowing a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes remaining, but the Blackhawks were the better team. That doesn’t mean they wanted it more, and Bergeron’s willingness to play through serious injuries was a reminder of that.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith celebrated his team’s Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night with a brand new edition of his family. Keith and his wife had a baby just six weeks ago, and they put a pair of headphones on the tiny tot and brought him onto the ice during the festivities.
As you can see from the photo above that @WorldofIsaac passed along, the headphones were practically bigger than the infant’s whole body. Naturally, Keith had to do the only thing you can do with a tiny baby during a championship celebration — put him in the Stanley Cup.
If there is anything we have learned by now, it’s that you don’t stick a microphone in front of a hockey player’s face after he’s played a long playoff game. Fortunately for us, these networks still haven’t learned the lesson.
Both Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw were heard dropping F-bombs after the Chicago Blackhawks came back to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup on Monday. Bolland, who punched in a rebound for the winning goal with 59 seconds left, casually let out his F-bomb during an interview with CBC.
“Yeah, it was a big one. We never give up as a team. We f—ing die hard, we do the right things. As a great team, we always battle to the end,” he said.
The casual nature of Bolland’s F-bomb was similar to the way Shaw let one out after Game 1 of the Cup Finals. Shaw also let out a “f—ing ay” as he was celebrating the win. He has more of an excuse, though, because he wasn’t being interviewed when he cursed:
The Boston Bruins set a record earlier in the postseason by scoring four unanswered goals to come back and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series. The Bruins scored two goals in 31 seconds that night to help the comeback, which left the Leafs and their fans devastated.
Now the Bruins and their fans know what the Leafs were feeling.
The Chicago Blackhawks scored two stunning goals in 17 seconds to come back and beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup. The first goal was scored by Bryan Bickell with 1:16 left in the game. Dave Bolland then scored the winner off a rebound from a puck that bounced off the post with 59 seconds left.
To give you an idea of how quickly things changed, all you need to know is that both teams pulled their goalies at the end.
Andrew Shaw took a puck to the face during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Monday, and he received stitches for the injury so he could later return to the game.
Bruins winger Shawn Thornton stole a puck from Shaw with about four minutes left in the first period and the Bruins up 1-0. Thornton then attempted a shot from just inside the blue line, but his puck deflected and ran up Shaw’s stick, hitting the Blackhawks center in the eye/face.
You can see a slow-motion replay of the puck creeping up the stick in this GIF:
Jonathan Toews‘ status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins is uncertain after the Blackhawks center was beat in Game 5 to the point that he missed the third period because of injury.
Toews was quiet in the first three games of the Cup Finals, but he scored in the high-scoring Game 4 affair, and he assisted on two Patrick Kane goals before sitting out the third with an upper-body injury in Game 5.
The B’s play tough hockey, and they seemed to go especially hard on Toews. Zdeno Chara nailed the center twice with shots to the head (pictured), and Dennis Seidenberg also leveled him. But the hardest hit of all — the one many believe contributed most to Toews’ injury problems — was a nasty hit by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
“He was cutting to the net and I came across and read it and hit him,” Boychuk said, via NHL.com “Tried to hit him clean. I thought it was. I don’t know how he fell, awkwardly, or how he fell; but I’m going to try and play physical. He’s going to drive the net like he’s supposed to and I’m going to hit. … He was bending forward so (I) was just trying to stop him from going to the net.”
The Blackhawks are hopeful Toews will be ready for Game 6 on Monday.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be ready next game, upper-body,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after the game. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. I checked on him a couple times there. I think he wanted to play, but we’ll see.”
Daniel Paille scored at 13:48 in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, evening their series. The teams went to overtime for the second straight game, but this one ended two periods before Game 1.
After being out-shot 19-4 and falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Bruins scored the equalizer in the second on Chris Kelly’s goal, which marked his first point of the postseason. Boston had more shots on goal than Chicago in each period after the first including overtime, where they controlled the puck and had a number of great chances, including a Jaromir Jagr shot that hit off the post.
Paille finally put a wrister past Corey Crawford after getting a nice pass from Tyler Seguin following Chicago’s turnover. The goal left Blackhawks fans with a similar reaction:
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland was called for tripping early in the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and he didn’t exit the ice without trying to gain the upper hand on Brad Marchand.
Marchand drew the penalty, and Bolland gave him the old “make him flinch” move before being escorted to the penalty box. Marchand appeared to call Bolland an a–hole for pulling the fake tough guy charade.
Sorry, Bolland, but do you really think that middle school move is going to work on the Noseface Killah? Not a chance.