Blackhawks win Stanley Cup with thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Boston
"I still can't believe that finish," Crawford told McGuire. "We never quit. This feels unbelievable. Amazing, man."
Crawford fought off the critics after Game 4 in which he gave up five goals on his glove side. He only gave up three goals in the last two games.
"Never lost confidence. Nobody in our room ever did," Crawford said. "All year, all playoffs, we've been behind each other. It was a hell of an effort by everyone. Unbelievable. We just kept telling ourselves to play our game. We did that all year long. It's so much hard work to get to this point. It feels so good right now."
The Bruins got on the board first with a goal by Chris Kelly off a feed by Tyler Seguin, who knocked the puck down with his glove and fed Kelly, who was stationed at the hashmarks to the left of Crawford.
Toews answered back at the 4:24 mark of the second period with a snap shot through the legs of Rask. It was Toews' second goal in the last two games after only scoring one goal in his first 20 games of the playoffs.
"It's a great feeling. All the hard work pays off," Kane told TSN after the game.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron played a full dose of minutes in Game 6 after staying in the hospital overnight in Chicago after Game 5.
Andrew Shaw, who scored the game-winner in triple-overtime in Game 1, briefly left the game to get stitches to his right cheek after taking a puck to the face in the first period. The referee ordered him to leave the ice a couple times to get cleaned up because his wound re-opened and wouldn't stop bleeding.
Crawford made 21 saves for the Hawks, and Rask made 31 saves for Boston.
Boston will be left with a bitter taste in the offseaon, as they were only 1:16 away from forcing a seventh game, which they're accustomed to. They are 4-1 in their last five Game 7s dating back to 2011, when they won the Cup.
Boston had 21 scoring chances in the first period alone, but Chicago only surrendered the one goal to Kelly. The Blackhawks blocked 13 shots in the opening period to weather the storm.
"The pressure of winning the President's Trophy and hanging on to that pressure all the way to the end you know," Kane told McGuire. "Down 2-1 in the last minute and then you come through with a 3-2 win. It's unbelievable. Dave Bolland — what else can you say about that guy. He shows up in big playoff games."
Michael Smith is an intern in the news section of DeseretNews.com. A 2013 graduate of the University of Utah, he will be attending Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in the fall.
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