Bruins stunned as late goals snatch Stanley Cup

06:16, Jun 25 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their Game 1 win against the Boston Bruins.
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Zdeno Chara of the Bruins battles for position with Andrew Shaw of the Blackhawks.
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Andrew Shaw celebrates his game winning goal in trip overtime.
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The Blackhawks celebrate after Andrew Shaw's game winner.
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Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks checks Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins.
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David Krejci and Nathan Horton of the Bruins celebrate after Milan Lucic scored a goal in the second period.
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Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins falls to the ice against Michael Frolik #67 of the Chicago Blackhawks during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
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Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Boston Bruins in Game 2.
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Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls over Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in Game 2.
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Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins skates after the puck ahead of Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2.
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The Boston Bruins celebrate after Daniel Paille scores the game winning goal in overtime to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2.
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Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins checks Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks to the ice late in the game as Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins looks on.
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Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks punches Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins late in the third period of Game 3.
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Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks tends goal as Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins skates in during the third period of Game 3.
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A massive brawl breaks out on the ice in the third period of Game 3, won by the Boston Bruins.
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Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries a shot on goal against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins.
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Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook celebrates his overtime game-winning goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Bruins netminder Tukka Rask gets beaten for a goal in the second period of Game 4.
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Boston goaltender Tukka Rask bats away a bouncing puck during Game 4.
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Boston's Rich Peverley is levelled by Michal Handzus of the Blackhawks.
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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks scuffle in the second period.
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Boston's Johnny Boychuk sneaks a goal past Chicago's Corey Crawford.
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Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland (left) celebrates the Stanley Cup-winning goal with teammate Marcus Kruger.
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after winning the Stanley Cup.
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Jonathan Toews (left) scores for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6.
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Milan Lucic celebrates after scoring for the Boston Bruins in Game 6.
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (right) and teammate Johnny Oduya celebrate their team's Stanley Cup triumph.

The Boston Bruins and goalie Tuukka Rask were less than 80 seconds away from a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Then it all fell apart. ''It's shocking when you think you have everything under control,'' Rask said. 

Bryan Bickell beat him with 1:16 left to tie the game, Dave Bolland did it again with 59 seconds to go and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled off a stunning comeback for a 3-2 win and their second Stanley Cup championship in four years. 

The Bruins' bid for their second title in three years ended in a flurry that left them wondering what went wrong.

Rask had been brilliant for most of the playoffs. And he was outstanding again for most of Monday's game. 

Then he got little help from his teammates as he let in two costly goals. Bickell scored when he got behind forward Milan Lucic and tapped in a pass across the slot from Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. 

Then Bolland put the game-winner past Rask when he converted a shot deflected by Michael Frolik that went off the left post. 

"It was a shot from the point. Deflection, rebound, goal. A lot of plays happen like that," Rask said. 

He and Chicago goalie Corey Crawford entered the game with identical 1.83 goals against averages in the playoffs. 

In the clincher, Crawford had 23 saves and Rask 28. 

"He was great all series," Crawford said. "A lot of the games took a life of their own. Sometimes we had shootouts, sometimes we had tight games, but he was there throughout. You see what it took to beat him tonight, a late flurry like that or we wouldn't be standing here." 

The Bruins had an even more amazing comeback in the first round of the playoffs than the Blackhawks did on Monday. 

Trailing 4-1 with less than 11 minutes left in the seventh game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they forced overtime then won 5-4 on Patrice Bergeron's goal. 

But not this time. Not against a team that set an NHL record by getting at least one point in each of its first 24 games, going 21-0-4. 

Rask was spectacular in the Eastern Conference finals against high-powered Pittsburgh. 

He held Sidney Crosby and company to two goals in a four-game sweep that sent the Bruins to the finals. 

He even had better statistics than Tim Thomas, the goalie he backed up when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. 

Thomas was MVP of that year's playoffs then decided to take this season off. 

"I'm really proud," Rask said. "A lot of people didn't expect us to go this far. We shocked the hockey world against Pittsburgh."

The loss was especially painful because the Bruins wanted to provide good news for a city where the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath resulted in the deaths of four people.

 They wanted to cap off the season with a championship. 

"We really felt that we wanted to play as hard as we could for a numbers of reasons, for the city," Zdeno Chara said. 

"We were very proud of the fans the way they stood behind us."

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