Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Jonathan Toews hoists the Cup

The Flyers at game's end

Confusion as officials look for the puck

Kane's Stanley Cup winner slips past Leighton in overtime

Patrick Kane scored four minutes into overtime in Game 6 to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory and a four games to two win in the Stanley Cup Final for their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. Kane’s shot slipped past Flyers’ goalie Michael Leighton and landed in the padding at the back of the net, causing some confusion as to whether a goal had been scored. Kane celebrated immediately although the goal light did not go on and soon the entire Hawks’ team was off the bench, leaving the Flyers and over 20,000 faithful at the Wachovia Center (including me) stunned.

Scott Hartnell had tied the game with about four minutes left, creating a frenzy of celebration and potentially a seventh game. However, the Flyers could not convert several good opportunities to score later in the third period and early in overtime, notably a Jeff Carter shot from point balnk range with Chicago goalie Antii Niemi down. Carter could not lift the puck high enough to get it over him.

The Flyers looked about a step slower than Chicago most of the night and were outplayed for most of the game. The Hawks’ maintained about a 2-1 margin advantage in shots. Again, give the Flyers credit for resiliency as they stayed close on the scoreboard throughout the game. But the Hawks deserved to win – they were the better team in most games.

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