The journey began with Jonathan Toews organizing informal workouts while the NHL lockout raged on and ended with the Blackhawks captain holding the Stanley Cup aloft.
The Hawks’ magical 2013 season concluded with seemingly the only result Toews and Co. would allow — the franchise’s fifth title and second in the last four years after a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Monday night at TD Garden.
As with the 2010 champs, the end came in stunning fashion in Game 6 on enemy ice. Trailing by a goal with 1 minute, 16 seconds remaining in the third period, the Hawks got goals by Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland 17 seconds apart to stun the Bruins and the crowd of 17,565.
“This is an unbelievable group,” Toews said in an interview on the ice after the game. “We’ve been through a lot together this year, and this is a sweet way to finish it off.”
Corey Crawford made 23 saves to record the victory — and exorcise some demons after allowing goals in consecutive overtimes in a first-round departure at the hands of the Coyotes last year — and Toews had a goal and an assist for the Hawks.
Patrick Kane won Conn Smythe Trophy.
The City of Chicago has announced that a victory rally will be held Friday, June 28, with details to be made public later.