It has been seven years, yes, SEVEN years since the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanely Cup. It was their first cup since 1961 which ended the longest NHL championship drought at the time. In an epic game 6 in Philadelphia, the Blackhawks prevailed in overtime on a very anti-climactic goal by Patrick Kane. Here is a look back at that game and series.
The Blackhawks young core of Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson, mixed with veterans Hossa, Sharp and Niemi took on the likes of Claude Giroux, Chris Pronger, Daniel Briere, Scott Hartnell and Mike Richards. The opposing Philadelphia Flyers seemed like a team of destiny. After making the playoffs on the last day of the season and coming back from a 3-0 deficit against Boston in round two, the Flyers were no easy feat.
In the Stanely Cup final, the Blackhawks won the first two games at home and it honestly looked like they were going to run away with it. That all changed when the Flyers won their two games on the road. With a 2-2 series tie, the Blackhawks won game 5 at the United Center 7-4 and took a 3-2 series lead. One win away from the cup heading back to Philly the city of Chicago was ready and Philly was not ready to die.
The arena was loud and there was such a nervous feeling knowing what this Flyers team has accomplished. The Hawks got a Byfuglien goal late in the 1st period, but Hartnell tied it with less than a minute. Daniel Briere gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead in the middle of the 2nd, only to see Sharp tie the game two minutes later. It was then Hjalmarsson who gave the Blackhawks the lead late in the 2nd. Going into the second intermission, the Hawks were 20 minutes away from the Cup.
The Flyers were coming and Blackhawks were playing conservative. The score still stayed the same until the 4:00 minute mark when the puck went off Hossa’s skate and behind Niemi, the game was tied and Chicago’s stomachs sank. With the way the Hawks kind of played the way they did in the third, it seemed inevitable. Off to overtime.
Going into OT did not feel good, even the players in the DVD interviews said everyone kind of had the “We are going back to Chicago for game 7 feel.” First few minutes the Flyers had several chances to win it but couldn’t. At 15:55, Kane shimmied and skated to the corner and flicked the puck towards the net as the blue line. The puck disappeared and everyone froze…but Patrick Kane was throwing his gloves up and streaking down the ice towards Niemi, no light, no signal. Everyone on the Hawks bench cautiously went out of the ice as the arena stood in confusion. After review, the puck was in and the Blackhawks were Stanley Cup champions.
First cup since 1961 and roughly two million showed up for the parade to celebrate a few days later. Blackhawks fans will forever remember the night of June 9th, 2010.