For the second time in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.
Trailing 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the game, Bryan Bickell scored with 1:16 on the clock to tie the score and Dave Bolland added the winner with 58 seconds left as the Blackhawks stunned the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 comeback victory in Game 6 to win the Cup final in Boston.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (photo above), a Chateauguay native, made 23 saves for the victory and Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Kane had nine goals and 10 assists in 22 playoff games.
“I still can’t believe that finish,” Crawford, who grew up on the South Shore of Montreal and graduated from Chateauguay’s Howard S. Billings High School, told reporters after the game. “Oh my God, we never quit.
“It’s unbelievable man,” Crawford added. “So much hard work to get to this point. Great effort by everyone on the team.”
Crawford wasn’t the only Montreal connection on the Blackhawks. For former Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman, now the Blackhawks’ senior advisor of hockey operations, this marks his 13th Stanley Cup championship. Bowman’s son, Stan, is the Blackhawks’ vice-president and general manager.
And yes, that was former Habs GM Pierre Gauthier you saw on the ice celebrating with the Blackhawks. He is now Chicago’s director of player personnel.
Former McGill Redmen captain and coach Jamie Kompon is a Stanley Cup champion for the second straight year. Kompon, an assistant coach on Joel Quenneville’s Blackhawks staff, was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings when they won the Cup last year.
Last year, Kompon became the 14th former McGill hockey player to get his name engraved on the Cup and the third as a coach. The other coaches were Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and Lester Patrick, who led the New York Rangers to Stanley Cup championships in 1928 and 1933.
Now Kompon’s name will be on the Cup twice.
And there will probably be a Stanley Cup parade in Chateauguay this summer.
(Photo by Elise Amendola/The Associated Press)