BOSTON — The journey began with
The Hawks' magical 2013 season concluded with seemingly the only result Toews and Co. would allow — the franchise's fifth title and second in the last four years — after a 3-2 victory over the
As with the 2010 champs, the end came in stunning fashion in Game 6 on enemy ice. Trailing by a goal with less than 90 seconds remaining in the third period, the Hawks got goals by
"This is an unbelievable group," Toews said in an interview on the ice after the game. "We've been through a lot together this year, and this is a sweet way to finish it off."
"I don't really remember the past 20-25 minutes," said
"It was like fate," Chicago wing
"How can you call that?" Toews said. "We knew we needed just one bounce there, and obviously that was a big goal for them to go up 2-1. You never know what can happen, so you never stop playing until the end."
Both teams were bolstered by the return of top players from injuries suffered during the second period of Game 5. Toews, who remained on the bench in the third period Saturday after absorbing several big hits, and the Bruins'
The Bruins dominated the first period, controlling the pace and flow. Crawford bailed out the Blackhawks with several key saves, including a big stop on Kelly from in close as the forward tried to poke in a loose puck.
Kelly did score 7:19 into the period when he received a terrific cross-ice pass from
Crawford and the Blackhawks hung on for the rest of the period despite being outshot, 12-6.
And then Toews' unassisted goal at 4:24 of the second got them even.
Just after a roughing penalty on Shaw expired, Toews stripped Bruins defenseman