In the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks led the Bruins 3-2 going into Game 6 in Boston. The Presidents Trophy winning Blackhawks had a chance to clinch their second Stanley Cup in four seasons with a win in Game 6. A Boston win would send the series back to Chicago for a decisive Game 7. The Hawks had battled back from being down 2-1 in the series, and had a chance to close out the pesky Bruins and finish what was a dream season in Chicago.
Boston took an early 1-0 lead, but the Hawks fought back to tie it 1-1 on a goal by Jonathan Toews. Even with their Game 4 win in overtime, the Hawks looked like a different team playing in the TD Garden. Boston pushed for most of Game 6, and late in the third period Milan Lucic scored to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. The Boston crowd was electric and it looked like the Hawks might be done. Honestly, I was already mentally preparing myself for a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in Chicago, and I think a lot of fans were in that same boat. (Lesson learned)
With 1:30 left in regulation the Blackhawks pulled goalie Corey Crawford for an extra attacker. Patrick Kane made a few nice moved to skate the puck deep into the Bruins zone. The Hawks dug it out of the corner, Duncan Keith made a saucy pass to Toews below the goal line who fed Bryan Bickell in front of the net. Bickell didn’t miss, and all of a sudden it was 2-2.
The Hawks had tied it, and it looked like yet another game in the series was going to overtime.
It looked like another Hawks Cup clincher was going to go to overtime…
But 17 seconds later…
WHAT. ARE YOU KIDDING?!
First off my personal recollection from that moment: I can barely describe what the feeling of euphoria was like when Dave Bolland scored to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead with 58 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2013 Final. It’s a blur to me. I just remember jumping around screaming, hugging and hitting everyone who was at our watch party. It was packed. It was like a mob losing their minds in a small living room. I’m shocked we didn’t break anything. It’s cheesy but the general feeling was “there is absolutely no way that just happened.” It was one of those life moments where you will never forget where you were when it happened.
Back to the game. Holy crap, Dave Bolland of all players goes to the front of the net and the puck basically lands on his stick after being deflected from the point and hitting the post. Bolland losing his gloves and stick after the goal just adds to the imagery. As well as the bewildered look on the faces of the Bruins players and their fans. To be honest, Boston sports fans were due for a heartache. No sympathy here.
The Blackhawks were able to run down the remaining minute or so of the game. The Bruins, so shocked from what had just transpired, didn’t even generate a chance of goal to tie the game. Time ran out, the Hawks had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, and won their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.
It was incredible, unbelievable, exhilarating, crazy, all of the superlatives you can think of fit the mold to describe the end to that game. It’s second on our list, because number one holds more historical significance, but “17 Seconds” was easily the greatest moment in Chicago Blackhawks history, in my opinion.
Hard to do this moment justice with words, but I tried. It was awesome.
NUMBER ONE coming tomorrow… 24 down, one to go!
KANE INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Patrick Kane’s accuser’s attorney claims that rape kit evidence bag was anonymously delivered to accuser’s mother with identifying information. The seal on the kit was also allegedly broken. Attorney alleges that the rape kit was tampered with. Chain of custody has been jeopardized, and may not be admissible.
**Accuser’s attorney has removed himself from the case after it was discovered that the accuser’s mother had fabricated the torn bag as part of an elaborate hoax to bring about tampering charges. The real rape kit evidence was sealed and never removed from custody.