Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) hoists the Stanley Cup after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Morning After: Thoughts on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals

Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate with goalie Corey Crawford (50) after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

And that’s all she wrote. After a fantastic final 1:16 of the game which saw two goals in 17 seconds, an attempted push by the home team, and an eventual clear by a captain, the Chicago Blackhawks are lucky enough to say that they get to hold up the Stanley Cup for the second time in 3 years.

And we as fans started to realize; no more hockey. Sadness ensues.  But, now to remember how crazy of a game it was, read Patrick Serano’s post recapping game 6.

Now onto some thoughts:

  • After pretty much telling everyone who’d listen how much I love Tuukka Rask, he lets me down. I forgave him for giving up 6 goals in game 4, but I will forgive him for giving up the goal by Dave Bolland. While sure it is his fault for not getting the stick on it to clear in time, the defense has to be there to help him. And it wasn’t. I just think that the Bruins weren’t expecting Bolland to score.. On an empty net.

  • Say what you want, say what you will. But Patrice Bergeron is a warrior. I am honestly surprised after learning what happened to him, that he suited up to play game 6. It takes a lot of courage, and a lot of pain medication to make sure he’s able to play. He did look tentative at times, afraid to make a hit here and there. But it was still great to see him on the ice with his team.
  • Corey Crawford played lights out for the most part in the first period after giving up that first goal, which he really had no shot of getting, because of the position he was in. But, if it wasn’t for the solid play of Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks could of been down 3-0, 4-0 at the end of the first.
  • Jonathan Toews found his game the final 3 games of the series, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The final three games of the series he had 5 points (2G, 3A) and the combination of him and Patrick Kane were unstoppable. Made it really hard for the Bruins to properly defend both.
  • Injury news will start to come out as the dust settles. As we all know about Bergeron, but how about Marian Hossa? Playing with a pinched nerve in his back that was making his foot numb, making it impossible for him to skate. That’s pretty dangerous for him to play with that, and I’ve been very critical about Hossa and his play in past playoffs, but I’m happy to see him succeed and win another Stanley Cup.
  • After Milan Lucic goal, I was getting ready to see this game head to a game 7. Yet, both Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland thought differently. Bolland pretty much almost undressed himself celebrating after scoring that goal with 58.3 seconds left. The game was exciting, the entire Boston crowd was deflated, and we saw Chicago win.
  •  Patrick Kane is your playoff MVP; Conn Symthe winner. Good for him, while he played really well for the team throughout the playoffs (hat trick in game 6 of the Western Conference Final; two goals in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final), I just thought that it should of went to Corey Crawford. Crawford had a lot to prove to show everyone he could be a solid goalie in the league, to be the guy who can carry the team when it needed it. And he did just that. Back against the wall against Detroit, he led the way when Toews and Kane weren’t scoring. 

Now we wait, the Stanley Cup Final is over. There will be no more hockey games played. Though this will not be the end of hockey reporting, this is the end of game reporting. So a big congratulations goes out to both the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks for a fantastic series, and the best hockey games I’ve seen in awhile.

And for those who missed it (I’m so sorry you did), here is the highlights from a fantastic game 6:

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Tags: Boston Bruins Bryan Bickell Chicago Blackhawks Corey Crawford Dave Bolland Jonathan Toews Marian Hossa NHL Patrice Bergeron Patrick Kane Stanley Cup Finals Stanley Cup Playoffs Tuukka Rask

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