Sadly, the journey of non-stop Stanley Cup Playoff action has come to an end, but it sure went out in style. The Chicago Blackhawks made an incredible comeback in the last minute of Monday’s Game 6 to defeat the Bruins and win the Stanley Cup. These playoffs were the best in a long while, helping many fans forget about the lockout that went into January and shortened the regular season to just 48 games. So what was the best play of these Stanley Cup Playoffs? Since the Finals went to six games, the Top 6 are up now! Spoiler Alert: They all involve the Blackhawks or Bruins, sometimes both teams.
- #6: Brent Seabrook scores OT winner, Blackhawks beat Red Wings in 7. This goal capped off an incredible series comeback for Chicago. The Blackhawks were down 3-1 to Detroit, but won Games 5 and 6 to force Game 7. Seabrook then became the hero in overtime to break the deadlock, and the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
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- #5: Seabrook scores OT winner again, Blackhawks beat Bruins in Game 4. The Hawks were down 2-1 to Boston in the Stanley Cup Finals, and had the Bruins scored in that overtime, Chicago would have been in a deep hole down 3-1. But Seabrook had a knack of saving his team with clutch goals this postseason, and he should get a nice ovation at the victory parade down Madison Street on Friday.
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- #4: Patrick Kane scores double-OT winner to beat Kings and send Hawks to the Finals. Overtime goals are starting to be a theme here. The Blackhawks’ star came up with a hat trick when it mattered most, in a big Game 5 that punched Chicago’s ticket to a meeting with Boston in the Cup Finals.
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- #3: Shaw ends Game 1 classic with triple-overtime winner. Andrew Shaw was a gritty, scrappy player before this series, but in these playoffs he became a timely scorer as well. And no goal was more timely than the one he scored at 1 a.m. to end one of the greatest Stanley Cup Finals games in the history of the game. A double-deflection may have been lucky, but coach Joel Quenneville would’ve taken anything at that point. Any fan who stayed up and watched the whole game would have to put that near the top of their most memorable games ever.
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- #2: Bergeron scores OT winner to cap off greatest comeback in Bruins history, Bruins beat Leafs. The Toronto Maple Leafs were up 4-1 going into the third period of Game 7 against the Bruins, and it looked like they were going to win their first playoff series since 2004. But Boston had other ideas, scoring three goals, including two goals in the final minute, to send the game into overtime, something no one saw coming. Patrice Bergeron, Boston’s star throughout the playoffs, scored the tying goal with 10 seconds left in the third, and then scored the game-winner in the extra period to send Boston to the second round. The Maple Leafs had their hearts broken, but they wouldn’t be the only team with that fate…
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- #1: Blackhawks score twice in final 1:16 to win Stanley Cup. It looked like the Bruins were going to force a Game 7 to be played Wednesday in Chicago when they were up 2-1 with 1:16 left in Game 6 Monday night. But the hockey gods decided to end the series right then and there. Brian Bickell scored to tie the game at 2, and it looked like another OT was going to be played. But Dave Bolland scored the tie-breaker with 59 seconds left, and the Bruins did not have an equalizer left in them. Jonathan Toews raised Lord Stanley, and the Blackhawks won their second championship in four years.
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