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Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup with 4-3 OT win over Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6

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Blackhawks 1 2 0 1 4
Flyers 1 1 1 0 3
Blackhawks win Cup final 4-2
PHILADELPHIA — There was no red light, just Blackhawks flying over the boards in celebration.

Sticks and helmets were thrown, scattered all over the ice and still no signal for a goal.

After a brief review, there was no dispute. The Blackhawks were the Stanley Cup champions.

Patrick Kane sneaked the puck past Flyers goalie Michael Leighton 4:10 into overtime to stun the Flyers and lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 on Wednesday night for their first championship since 1961.

It ends the longest active championship drought in the NHL.

No one but the Blackhawks appeared to know what was going on for a few moments. Kane and his linemates seemed to be the only players on the ice who knew the puck had found the side of the net. The goal light never went on, but that didn't stop most of the Blackhawks from storming the ice and mobbing each other in celebration.

The review was a short one, and Kane will go down as scoring one of the biggest winners in team history.

"I was just hoping to God it was just an actual goal," said captain Jonathan Toews, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP. "(The Flyers) came back hard in the third, and we just stuck with it."

Kane raised his arms right away and skated behind the net, knowing the goal was good. While the Flyers sat on the bench in stunned silence with confused looks, the Blackhawks began to celebrate in their end around goaltender Antti Niemi.

"I knew it went in right away," Kane said. "What a feeling. I can't believe it. We just won the Stanley Cup. I can't believe this just happened. … It's something you dream about, scoring the final goal in the Stanley Cup finals."

Kane is the first player to score the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in overtime since Jason Arnott did it for the Devils at Dallas in 2000.

Leighton stopped 37 shots — just not the last one.

"I went to the corner and saw a guy drive the net," he said. "I thought he was going to pass it. But he threw it at my feet, and it went underneath me."

Before reaching the Blackhawks' group hug, Kane stooped to pick up some loose ice shavings.

Toews was first to touch the Cup, taking it from commissioner Gary Bettman and hoisting it above his head in triumph.

Marian Hossa, whose past two attempts at a title were denied the past two years when he was with the Penguins and then Red Wings, was next. He lifted it and bench-pressed the big trophy, snapping his head back in exhilaration.

"I'm so happy I finally did it," Hossa said. "We couldn't just put our heads down. We had to work, and we knew we could do it."

The Flyers, the seventh seed in the East, overcame tremendous odds just to get to the Cup final. That's little consolation for a franchise that hasn't won a championship in 35 years.

Since capturing consecutive titles in 1974-75, the Flyers have lost six straight times in the final.

The Flyers' fans politely applauded when the game was over, but the few thousand who stuck around booed as the Blackhawks took their turns hoisting the silver trophy.

A few hundred Blackhawks fans went wild as the team took a picture with the Cup.

Blackhawks 1 2 0 1 4
Flyers 1 1 1 0 3
Blackhawks win Cup final 4-2
Blackhawks 1 2 0 1 4
Flyers 1 1 1 0 3
Blackhawks win Cup final 4-2

First Period1, Chicago, Byfuglien 11 (Toews, Kane), 16:49 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Hartnell 7 (Briere, Pronger), 19:33 (pp). PenaltiesPronger, Phi (holding), 8:42; Sopel, Chi (interference), 13:28; Pronger, Phi (high-sticking), 16:29; Seabrook, Chi (elbowing), 16:59; Sopel, Chi (interference), 19:07.

Second Period3, Philadelphia, Briere 12 (Leino, Krajicek), 8:00. 4, Chicago, Sharp 11 (Bolland, Keith), 9:58. 5, Chicago, Ladd 3 (Hjalmarsson, Kane), 17:43. PenaltiesHartnell, Phi (high-sticking), 1:56; Coburn, Phi (cross-checking), 8:09; Hossa, Chi (goaltender interference), 9:29; Briere, Phi (cross-checking), 18:32.

Third Period6, Philadelphia, Hartnell 8 (Leino, Briere), 16:01. PenaltiesNone. First Overtime7, Chicago, Kane 10 (Campbell), 4:10. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalChicago 17-10-12-2—41. Philadelphia 7-6-9-2—24. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 5; Philadelphia 1 of 4. GoaliesChicago, Niemi 16-6-0 (24 shots-21 saves). Philadelphia, Leighton 8-3-0 (41-37). A20,327 (19,537).

Coyotes: The Glendale, Ariz., City Council voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding from a group of Canadian and American investors toward purchasing the team and keeping its games at city-owned Jobing.com Arena. The memorandum gives the group, called Ice Edge Holdings, exclusive negotiating rights for an arena lease over the next 60 days. A new lease is necessary for buying the team from the league. Glendale officials say the memorandum, approved late Tuesday, will be forwarded to league officials for a final decision. The league bought the team out of bankruptcy in September with the intention of selling it to someone who would keep it in Glendale. A group headed by Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf withdrew from contention Monday.

fast facts

Blackhawks 4, Flyers 2

Game 1: Blackhawks 6,

Flyers 5

Game 2: Blackhawks 2,

Flyers 1

Game 3: Flyers 4,

Blackhawks 3 OT

Game 4: Flyers 5,

Blackhawks 3

Game 5: Blackhawks 7,

Flyers 4

Wednesday: Blackhawks 4, Flyers 3 OT

Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup with 4-3 OT win over Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 06/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:17pm]
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