BOSTON – In reality, 2010 was not too long ago. But the Chicago Blackhawks were different in enough ways to lend a newness to what approached Monday night, a dose of the unfamiliar and unpredictable on the kind of night that many of them would remember well.
The Hawks were one win away from the Stanley Cup in Game 6 against the Bruins. A team with the same core but different players in orbit around it, a roster reconstructed and three years later rejuvenated, the best team in hockey this season looking to affirm itself as the best team in hockey, period.
“We feel confident,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said before the game. “We worked very hard in the last couple months to get here.”
The Bruins ensured they’d have to work to hoist a trophy Monday. But Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland goals in a span of 18 seconds late in the third period propelled the Hawks to a stunning 3-2 win and a second Stanley Cup championship in four years.