Welcome to the first edition of Friday Faceoff. This is a segment where we take two things and debate which one is better. Our first topic will be the 2010 Stanley Cup ending vs. the 2013 Stanley Cup ending. Let's take a look and see which one was better.
Two and a half weeks ago, the Chicago Blackhawks had arguably one of the best comebacks in NHL history by scoring two goals in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup. Late in Game six of the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks trailed the Boston Bruins 2-1. As time was ticking down, the Blackhawks pulled goalie Corey Crawford and made their way up the ice. Patrick Kane got into the Bruins' zone and threw a shot at the net that deflected into the corner. The Blackhawks fought for the puck and Duncan Keith gathered it. Keith then made a nice pass to Jonathan Toews, who flicked a pass through Bruins Defenseman Zdeno Chara's legs to teammate Bryan Bickell for the game tying goal.
As it looked like the two teams were headed to overtime, the Blackhawks decided they wanted to finish business in regulation. The Blackhawks lost the faceoff, but ended up controlling the puck after the Bruins decided to play it off the boards. The Blackhawks then made their way into Bruins territory and shot the puck at the net. The Blackhawks got to the puck first and Johnny Oduya slapped a shot from the point. The shot was then tipped by forward Michael Frolik and hit the post, but bounced right back in front of the net where forward Dave Bolland was there to bury it into the back of the net. The Blackhawks held on for the next 58.3 seconds to win the Stanley Cup. An unbelievable ending and one for the history books.
The ending to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final is cemented in many minds, but the 2010 Stanley Cup Final might be a distant memory. Take a quick look at this video from CSNChicago of Patrick Kane scoring the game winning goal in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final:
While the ending in 2013 was insane and completely unpredictable, was it better than Patrick Kane's game winner in 2010? In Game six against the Philadelphia Flyers, the game was tied 3-3 so the two teams headed to overtime. The Blackhawks led the series 3-2 so if they scored the next goal, they would be Stanley Cup Champions. The Blackhawks continually put pressure on the Flyers at the start of the overtime period and just over four minutes in, Patrick Kane skated towards the net on the left side and put the puck past Flyers goalie Michael Leighton for the Stanley Cup winner. It wasn't your conventional game winner as no one knew the puck went in besides Patrick Kane. The puck got caught underneath the padding in the back of the net and since the shot came from a weird angle, the referees couldn't see it go in. Kane then began to celebrate and skated all the way to other end of the ice throwing his stick and gloves in the air. When Kane got to center ice, the Blackhawks finally realized what had happened and they all went to chase Kane down the ice.
Kane's game winner not only won the Stanley Cup, but it ended a 47 year Stanley Cup drought for the Blackhawks. It wasn't two goals in 17 seconds, but it was an incredible ending and one that Blackhawks fans will remember forever.
So the questions is, which Stanley Cup ending was better? Does breaking the drought outweigh a miraculous comeback? The 2010 ending got the monkey off the Blackhawks' back, while the 2013 ending was one for the record books.
As far as an ending goes to win the Stanley Cup, 2013 was better. It had everything you would want in an ending. It was unpredictable, it was entertaining, it was shocking…it was flat out unbelievable! No one would have guessed that the Blackhawks would have won that game in regulation having trailed by one with less than two minutes left. What the Blackhawks pulled off took luck, skill, but most of all determination. They were determined to win the Stanley Cup at that very moment.
Both endings will remain in the minds and hearts of Blackhawks fans forever.
Which ending do you think is better?
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