What’s more stunning? Blackhawks’ comeback or that I was watching?

Posted: 06/24/2013 in hockey
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Had a rare Monday night without work duties and was looking to do something different.

So I did – I stayed home and watched Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Yes, I watched an entire NHL game from start to finish and was rewarded by seeing a stunning accomplishment. Or if you prefer, a horrendous collapse that the San Antonio Spurs can surely relate to.

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 to claim the Stanley Cup by scoring two goals in 17.7 seconds, the latter coming with just 58.3 seconds to play.

You don’t see too many classic endings like this. With less than 80 seconds to play, Chicago appeared headed to a stressful home Game 7 on Wednesday.

With less than 60 seconds to play, it was Boston in desperation mode.

Bryan Bickell tallied the tying goal with 1:16 to play and Dave Bolland slapped in the game-winning goal to stun the fans at Boston’s TD Garden.

Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top player throughout the playoffs as the Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup crown in four seasons.

The late-game collapse was ironic for Boston. In the first-round, the Bruins trailed by two goals with fewer than 90 seconds to play before rallying to force overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs before prevailing in overtime.

But now the Bruins will be lumped in with the Spurs, the NBA team that blew a five-point lead with 28.2 seconds left against the Miami Heat to lose Game 6 in overtime. Miami ended up winning the series.

From the Chicago viewpoint, it is simply a spectacular comeback. You seldom see this type of stunning rally, particularly when the championship of a sport is on the line.

Count me glad that I stayed in to watch a hockey game. Yes, really.

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