Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Parade

Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Parade (Photo credit: UAJamie1)

Life can change in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds. That is what happened this night. One moment we were down and the next we were up. Adrenaline raced through veins as shocked and pure unadulterated joy surged.

It was game six of the Stanley Cup finals. The score was three games Chicago Black Hawks to two game Boston Bruins. If the Hawks won a game, they won the cup. If the Bruins won the score would be tied three games each requiring a game seven tie breaker.

In the first section the score was 1-0 Bruins. The Hawks were down by one but they couldn’t get the puck out of their zone. The battle to the death was on but neither team knew it. Then five minutes into the second section the Hawks evened the score. They fought hard but no second goal came. It would take the third and final section of regulation Hockey to decide the superior team.

Section three started wild. Both teams were hurting due to injured but they seemed to have acquired a new strength. Checks were prevalent and the puck flew from one end zone to the other. It seemed to live behind the net but it was still found most often behind the Hawk line. Players checked and cross-checked, punches flew here and there and no penalty was called for most.

Then hope was dashed for a Hawk victory as a goal shot by Cory Crawford the Hawks goalie and made the score the horror of their dreams at 2-1 Bruins. They dove into the game with renewed strength but the Bruins were adamant about keeping their score. Minutes ticked away until any last hope vanished for a game six victory and tournament ending game for the Hawks.

Then with only 1 minute, 17 seconds on the board the puck flew around Tuukka Rask and into the net tying the score. It was a sure thing that like three of the five games played they were headed into over time. A shot here and a miss, another shot and a miss. It wasn’t working. Then within fifteen seconds of the tying score the puck again sailed by Rask and with 58 seconds on the board the score had changed from 2-1 Bruins to 3-2 Hawks. There was a quick shuffle as the puck ricochet across the ice from one zone to the other and then the buzzer sounded.

The Chicago Black Hawks had won their 5th Stanley Cup in their franchise career and the second in three seasons, and t

hey’d won it on the opponents home base on bad ice that was known to slow them down. They’d beat the odds to become Stanley Cup Champions!



Highlights of Game 6 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship Game

  • The game was full of falls and spills. Once the Bruins net was dislodged by two players involved in an argument behind it who almost knocked it forward trapping Rask. Later the same net had to be adjusted when it became dislodged again.
  • About a dozen times the buck bounced off the ice and went over the protective netting causing play to stop.
  • The puck even jumped over the wall to barely miss hitting the Bruins manager. Opps…
  • Twice sticks were broken and the game didn’t stop.
  • Hawks’ captain’s stick was torn from his hands but no penalty was called.