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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Blackhawks turnaround shatters record

By ESPN Stats & Information

Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6
Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (Blackhawks win series 4-2)

* Trailing 2-1 with under 90 seconds to play, Blackhawks scored 2 goals in 17 seconds (Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland) with the go-ahead score coming with 59 seconds remaining
* Blackhawks: 5th Stanley Cup title (last came in 2010)
* Blackhawks: 1st Presidents' Trophy winner to win Stanley Cup since Red Wings in 2008
* Blackhawks: like 2010, win Stanley Cup in 6 games with clincher on the road
* Blackhawks: 5th Stanley Cup winner in last 6 seasons to clinch on road
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): goal, assist; 2nd straight multi-point game
* Patrick Kane (CHI): wins Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) ... 4th American-born player to win it (3rd straight)
* Bruins: lose 3 straight after taking 2-1 lead in the series
* Milan Lucic (BOS): gave Bruins 2-1 lead with 7:49 remaining in third period (his 4th goal of series .. T-most in series with teammate Patrice Bergeron)

FROM ELIAS: The Blackhawks tied Game 6 and went ahead with the Cup-clinching goal in a span of 17 seconds. That turnaround shatters the previous record for shortest span between game-tying and Cup-clinching goals since the NHL took possession of the Stanley Cup in 1927.

Of the 4 quickest such spans, the Bruins have one of them and have been on the receiving end of it twice.

Shortest Span Between Game-Tying and Cup-Clinching Goal
Since NHL Took Control of Stanley Cup in 1927
2013 Blackhawks 0:17 Bruins
1941 Bruins 1:01 Red Wings
1942 Maple Leafs 2:01 Red Wings
1978 Canadiens 2:19 Bruins

Latest Cup-Clinching Goal in Regulation
Since NHL Formed in 1917
Time of Goal
2013 Dave Bolland CHI 19:01 (3rd)
1929 Bill Carson BOS 18:02 (3rd)
1932 Ace Bailey TOR 15:07 (3rd)
1947 Ted Kennedy TOR 14:39 (3rd)
1976 Guy Lafleur MTL 14:18 (3rd)
>>Time is minutes into the period (Bolland’s goal came with 59 seconds remaining)

" FROM ELIAS: The Blackhawks are the first NHL team to ever win a Stanley Cup Final game in regulation time after trailing in the final two minutes of the third period.

In fact, there was only one other Stanley Cup Final game decided in regulation time in which the winning team trailed in the last five minutes of the third period. That was Game 1 of the 1992 Final between the Penguins and Blackhawks, with Pittsburgh prevailing 5–4 thanks to a tying goal by Jaromir Jagr with 4:55 remaining in the third period and a game-winning tally by Mario Lemieux with 13 seconds left in regulation time.

Road is Where the Cup Is
Last 6 Stanley Cup Champions
Won Cup
2013 Blackhawks Road
2012 Kings Home
2011 Bruins Road
2010 Blackhawks Road
2009 Penguins Road
2008 Red Wings Road

The Blackhawks run to the title was eerily similar to the Heat’s.

Both had their league's best regular-season record.
Both had their league's 2nd-best all-time points/win streak.
Both faced elimination 3 times in the playoffs.
Both had furious comebacks in Game 6 of the championship series.
Both have won 2 titles since 2010.

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Champions Crowned Within Week
Blackhawks Heat
Postseason record 16-7 16-7
Elimination games 3 3
Best reg. season record? Yes Yes
Pts/Win streak 30<< 27
All-time streak rank 2nd 2nd
Titles since 2010 2 2
>>Overlapped 2 seasons

" FROM ELIAS: The Blackhawks won all four of their series in the 2013 playoffs in the first game in which they had a chance to eliminate their opponent. They’re the first NHL team since the 2002 Red Wings to go 4–0 in potential clinchers in one playoff year.
" FROM ELIAS: Corey Crawford posted a 16–7 record and a 1.84 goals-against average in 23 games in the 2013 playoffs. Crawford is the first goaltender in Blackhawks history to finish with a goals-against average below 2.00 in a playoff year in which he appeared in at least ten games. The previous low was Glenn Hall’s 2.10 GAA in 12 games when Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 1961.

NEXT LEVEL: The Blackhawks scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in Game 6 on shots taken from directly in front of the net. The Blackhawks scored 9 of their 12 goals from in front or the slot the last 3 games of the series after scoring once from those areas the first 3 games.

Blackhawks Shooting From In Front/Slot
Stanley Cup Final
Games 1-3 Games 4-6
Goals 1 9
Pct of SOG 19% 29%