Congratulations to Weplay's own Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews for their part in the Chicago Blackhawk's Stanley Cup Victory! The two helped bring the Stanley Cup to Chicago for the first time since 1961.
Patrick Kane's goal 4:06 into overtime stunned the Philadelphia Flyers and lifted the Blackhawks to a 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 on Wednesday night. For a few frozen moments, only Kane and his teammates seemed to know that it was a goal. Despite the goal light never going on, the Blackhawks stormed the ice and began celebrating what will go down as one of the biggest goals in team history.
Kane skated behind the net and raised his arms while the Flyers stayed seated on their bench confused and in stunned silence. Kane said, "I knew it went in right away. What a feeling. I can't believe it. We just won the Stanley Cup. I can't believe this happened... It's something you dream about, scoring the final goal in the Stanley Cup Finals."
Captain Jonathan Toews, who was also named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, commented, "I was just hoping to God it was an actual goal. They came back hard in the third and we just stuck with it."
Toews is redefining "winner" in the sport of hockey, with a World Junior gold medal, World Championships gold, Olympic gold and now a Stanley Cup to his name. But, winning the Stanley Cup still was a surreal and unforgettable feeling for him. "There's so many great things about winning a Stanley Cup. This is it," Toews said. "This is the best feeling you can ever get. I just can't believe it's happened."
For the Blackhawks, the script couldn't have been written any better. Captain Toews, the playoff MVP, and Kane, scoring the winning goal, and going down in Blackhawk lore as a Cup-clinching hero. Chicago's 1-2 punch was right on cue and stepped up on the biggest stage. Having just played in the 2010 Winter Olympics, playing on the biggest stage was nothing new to them. However, doing it while on the same team was somewhat of a new development.
Jonathan Toews was a member of the Canadian team, while Kane played for the United States. While Kane did help the US to the biggest hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice in defeating Canada to advance to the quarterfinals, it was Toews who got the final laugh as Canada defeated the United States for gold 3-2.
Starting all the way back on the last day of the regular season when their shootout win clinched a playoff spot, this Flyers team has mastered the art of the comeback. They became just the third team in NHL history to win a series after being down 3-0 when they eliminated Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Then, they evened the Stanley Cup at 2-2 after losing the first two games on the road in Chicago. This time however, it wasn't enough, as the Flyers are still looking for their first Stanley Cup win since winning back to back championships in 1974 and 1975.