Stanley Cup Final: Chicago Blackhawks Crowned In Overtime.
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers disputed an exciting and classic Game Six Wednesday at the Wachovia centre in Philadelphia.
Patrick Kane broke the 3-3 tie during the overtime period for Chicago when he beat goaltender Michael Leighton with a very precise shot from a sharp angle.
The Blackhawks' captain, Jonathan Toews, was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as he was voted the most valuable player of these 2010 playoffs. Toews lifted the Stanley Cup for Chicago for the first time since 1961.
But this Game Six was a lot more than just an overtime goal.
The Hawks opened the score during a man-advantage in the second half of the opening frame. Dustin Byfuglien put the puck past Leighton as he was standing alone right in front of the goal.
The Flyers replied during a man-advantage of their own, just before the end of the first period. Scott Hartnell tied the game at 1 with a savvy backhand shot on a rebound allowed by goaltender Antti Niemi.
In the second period, Daniel Briere gave the lead to the Flyers. A brillant passing play that was concluded by a real warrior for Philadelphia. Briere received a nasty high stick during Game Five of the final last Sunday and an immense scar that required 10 stitches could be clearly seen under his right eye.
The Hawks tied the game and even took the lead during this second frame. Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd with a tip-in gave the Hawks a one goal lead going into the third period.
Philadelphia applied a ton of pressure on Chicago's net and the hard work finally paid off. Scott Hartnell scored a second goal in this game, and with only 3:59 to play, both teams were in a 3-3 deadlock once again.
Patrick Kane ended Philadelphia's exceptionnal playoff run with a heart breaker of a goal. I have to salute the efforts of Daniel Briere, Simon Gagné, Ville Leino, Scott Hartnell and Ian Laperriere who played like champions during those 2010 playoffs but fell just a bit short.
Final score: Chicago Blackhawks 4 - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (overtime) (Chicago wins the series by 4-2.)
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for their fantastic victory.
(Picture: Jonathan Toews, Canadian Press.)
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