Chicago Blackhawks win Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 on Monday night for their second NHL championship in four seasons; Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16.
''I still can't believe that finish. Oh my God, we never quit,'' said goalie Corey Crawford, who made 23 saves, according to Associated Press. ''I never lost confidence. No one in our room ever did.''
Jonathan Toews add a goal and an assist in the first finals between Original Six teams since 1979. Patrick Kane, whose overtime goal in Game 6 beat Philadelphia to win the 2010 championship, was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as this year's playoffs MVP.
''In 2010, we didn't really know what we were doing. We just, we played great hockey and we were kind of oblivious to how good we were playing,'' said Toews, who scored his third goal of the playoffs to tie it 1-1 in the second period, then fed Bickell for the score that tied it with 76 seconds to play.
''This time around, we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here and this is an unbelievable group,'' Toews said. ''We've been through a lot together this year and this is a sweet way to finish it off.''
The Blackhawks opened the season on a 21-0-3 streak and coasted to the Presidents' Trophy that goes to the team with the best regular-season record. But regular-season excellence has not translated into playoff success: Chicago is the first team with the best record to win the Cup since the 2008 Detroit Red Wings.