Recap: Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored goals 17 seconds apart late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup in an amazing 3-2 last-minute comeback win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 on Monday night.
Milan Lucic’s third-period goal had seemed to gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory and a new lease of life in the Stanley Cup final.
But with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford out for an extra attacker, Bickell scored at 18:44 to tie things after the Bruins failed to get the puck out of the zone.
Bolland then put them ahead at 19:01, stunning the Bruins and the crowd. The playoff MVP trophy, Conn Symth went to: Patrick Kane. Only the third American to ever win this award.
Jonathan Toews (Captain of the Blackhawks) accepted the Stanley Cup from Gary Bettman at mid ice. Toews then handed it over the 14 year veteran of the NHL, Michal Handzus (his first Stanley Cup). It was touching.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Members of the Kings celebrated their NHL championship at the TAO nightclub in the Venetian Las Vegas Casino and hit the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at the MGM Grand. And it was quite the show.
Only in Vegas. Hopefully none of the Kings took the Cup to the roulette table and put it on red.
The Bruins win the hockey holy grail…the Stanley Cup. I watched the whole series and Boston looked great. In my opinion, they had the superior team and their goalie Tim Thomas was the key to their victory. Tim Thomas is also the NHL playoff MVP for 2011 (Conn Smythe Trophy). He would have won it whether the Bruins won or lost the cup. He really deserved it.
Right after the Big Bad Bruins win the cup last night, we saw some orders for the Tim Thomas McFarlane hockey figure. We currently have two different colored jerseys of Thomas.
These Canadian Exclusive NHL Figures from McFarlane are all packaged in premium boxes and are as thrilling and dynamic as their predecessors. Pairing with Canadian Tire, the action figure geniuses at McFarlane have sought to create something truly special for fans and collectors of what has become an incredibly successful line.
Wayne Gretzky (Oilers), WEndel Clark (Toronto Maple Leafs), Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals), Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Bobby Orr (Bruins) and Maurice Richard (Canadiens) are the latest to be immortalized and look great displayed with their highly-detailed bases. Four of them (Gretzky, Crosby, Orr and Richard) come with miniature replicas of the Stanley Cup, allowing you to create moments of awesome victory. Snag these guys individually or as a complete set!
As the NHL season draws to a close, we will enter into a hockey withdrawal state….and to stop this from happening you will need to read some good hockey books during the off-season.
Ken Dryden’s The Game has been hailed as the best hockey book ever written and included in Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 best sports books of all time. Dryden was one of my idols growing up (along with Guy Lafleur, the Flower Power) so this book has a special place in my heart.
Dryden played goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, a true and longtime hockey dynasty. During Dryden’s eight seasons with the Canadiens in the 1970s, the team won the Stanley Cup six times. Dryden does not fit the stereotype of a hockey player. He is one of hockey’s most intelligent and insightful commentators. He “retired” for one season due to a contract dispute and decided to finish requirements for a law degree. He is currently a member of the Canadian Parliament. The Game is both thoughtful and articulate and I highly recommend reading this book. You can pick up a copy at either Amazon or your local book store (ie. B and N, Chapters).
The next hockey book I recommend is different: Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool? Follow the true exploits of the most celebrated of sport’s trophies beyond the champagne toasts and all-star embraces. Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool is a wild, globe-trotting romp filled with zany, surprising, and often touching accounts of what really happens once hockey’s greatest quest has been conquered and the celebration begins-off the ice.
What did the sport’s greatest players do when, king for a day, they spent an eventful twenty-four hours with the Stanley Cup? The prestigious trophy has held everything from beer to infants, and has been carted from Moscow’s Red Square to Bob’s Big Boy. Why is The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool? includes:
- Stories of raw emotion and personal triumph-a visit to MIKE KEANE’S one-hundred-year-old grandmother’s nursing home, and a presentation by JOE NIEUWENDYK to his blind professor during a reception at Cornell University
- Raucous anecdotes of high comedy-nights abandoned on street corners, visits to strip clubs, golf course hi-jinks, and a trip to the bottom of MARIO LEMIEUX’S pool
- Unbelievable twenty-four-hour world travel to Sweden, Russia, and beyond, mysterious tales of the Stanley Cup ghost, and reflections from hockey’s greatest of the greats -HOWE, GRETZKY, ESPOSITO, and HULL
Would you drink from the Stanley Cup if you knew where it had been? This is one of the funniest hockey book I have ever read. Being a hockey fan, I ate these stories up like no tomorrow. You don’t need to be a crazy fan like myself to enjoy the stories though. The Stanley Cup is definately the most well traveled hunk of silver around and its story is still being written.
I will post some more good hockey books shortly. I am still impatiently waiting for McFarlane Toys to make a Ken Dryden figure in his classic stance. They did release a Guy Lafleur figure which you can buy online at: cmdstore.com. We have tons of other hockey figures that you can check on the site.