By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com
That's all it took for the Chicago Blackhawks to go from an impending Game 6 loss to hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Trailing 2-1 late in the third period in Boston on Monday night, it looked like a Game 7 scenario in Chicago was imminent. The Blackhawks were scrambling.
With just under 90 seconds left, Jonathan Toews moved out of the Bruins' corner with the puck. He fed it across Tuukka Rask's crease where Bryan Bickell was waiting to bury it and tie the game at two goals apiece with 1:16 remaining, setting the table for history.
Then, before most could process what just happened, Chicago took the lead -- for good.
The puck entered the Bruins zone and worked its way back to the point, where Johnny Oduya fired a slapshot that deflected off of Michael Frolik, then the end boards, before Dave Bolland put it behind Rask and secured his spot in Chicago lore.
The vibe in Boston: stunned.
What just happened?
Moments ago it looked like the Bruins were going to even the series at 3-3 and set the table for an epic Game 7-ending to an epic series. Minutes later, the Blackhawks were celebrating their second Cup victory in four years on Boston ice.
In a season that the Blackhawks began by earning a point in their first 24 games, they seemed destined. They had been down 3-1 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals series against the Red Wings. They had been down 2-1 and offensively embarrassed by the Bruins early on in the Finals.
Yet here they were. How?
After Game 3, the Hawks were trailing 2-1 and had scored just one goal combined over the last two games. It was at this point that Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville decided to reunite Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line.
Two of the best players in the world, who have been playing together since they were rookies in 2007, turned the series around.
The duo combined for nine points in Games 4, 5 and 6, including a goal and assist from Toews in Game 6 to both the get Hawks on the board and to tie the game late in the third.
It was a night of shock in Boston, and now the Blackhawks will head home to attend a parade. They are Stanley Cup Champions.