The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated on the home ice of the Philadelphia Flyers after winning the 2010 Stanley Cup. In overtime, Patrick Kane flew down the left side of the ice and stuck the puck in the net past Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. The celebration was on before there was a goal signal, and after a short review their names were cut into the Stanley Cup.
Kane’s goal in the 4-3 overtime win gave the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since 1961. The Blackhawks on the ice seemed to be the only people in the building to realize the puck was in the net. The Flyers looked on in desperation as the referees convened to watch a replay of the shot.
“I was just hoping to God it was just an actual goal,” said captain Jonathan Toews, who skated off with the Conn Smythe Trophy. “They came back hard in the third and we just stuck with it.”
The Conn Smythe is reserved for the most valuable player of the playoffs. Toews certainly won the award for his performance in the earlier rounds of the playoffs. The Blackhawk captain led his team in points with 29 in the post-season, but was relatively absent during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Toews did contribute in the assist category, after Dustin Byfuglien stuffed in one of his missed shots. Kane and Toews embraced after his goal was called good, but Kane didn’t need to wait to know his goal was good.
“I knew it went in right away,” Kane said. “What a feeling. I can’t believe it. We just won the Stanley Cup. I can’t believe this just happened. … It’s something you dream about, scoring the final goal in the Stanley Cup finals.”
The second player to embrace the trophy was Marian Hossa. Hossa has been denied the cup the last two years with Detriot and Pittsburg, but this year it was his turn.
“I’m so happy I finally did it,” Hossa said. “We couldn’t just put our heads down. We had to work, and we knew we could do it.”
Leighton had been so strong in the playoffs for the Flyers before letting two crucial goals go by to put the Blackhawks in position to win on the road. He came on in the Eastern Conference semifinals and lead the Flyers back from a 0-3 series hole against the Boston Bruins.
“I went to the corner and saw a guy drive the net,” Leighton said. “I thought he was going to pass it but he threw it at my feet and it went underneath me.”
NHL Sportsbooks had set the Flyers as the favorite in Game 6 at -115. The Hawks came into the game as the slight underdogs at -105.