BOSTON – Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 of the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons with a stunning comeback, 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Jonathan Toews scored his third goal of the playoffs to tie it for the at 4:24 of the second of Game 6 — exactly two minutes after teammate Andrew Shaw was penalized for roughing.
Boston, needing a win to extend the series to a deciding Game 7, came out aggressively and led 1-0 after one period on Chris Kelly's second goal of the playoffs. The Bruins outshot the Blackhawks 12-6 in the first period but the margin dropped to 18-15 through 40 minutes.
Each team got one of its best players back when Toews and Boston alternate captain Patrice Bergeron returned to the lineup after leaving the Blackhawks' 3-1 win with injuries on Saturday. Toews scored when he got past Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara along the boards in the neutral zone.
Chicago's captain skated up the right side and fired a hard shot from the right faceoff dot that beat goalie Tuukka Rask between his pads. It was Toews' second goal in three games. Of Chicago's last 10 goals, Chara was on the ice for nine. Boston right wing Jaromir Jagr was shaken up in the first period. He returned for the second but left the bench, and Tyler Seguin replaced him on the second line with left wing Brad Marchand and center Bergeron.
The play that led to Kelly's goal began after a faceoff that rookie defenseman Torey Krug rushed in to tip toward a teammate. The puck went to Daniel Paille, standing about 40 feet on the left. He passed to Seguin, who caught the puck with his right glove in the slot and dropped it. Seguin then passed to Kelly, who scored his second goal of the playoffs 7:19 into the game.