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Friday Faceoff: Which Stanley Cup Ending was Better?

July 12th, 2013 at 9:00 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

'Blackhawks Patrick Kane Hoisting Stanley Cup' photo (c) 2010, Seth Anderson - license:

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?





Tags: Blackhawks, bryan bickell, Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, DAVE BOLLAND, Hockey, NHL, PATRICK KANE, Stanley Cup

4 Responses to “Friday Faceoff: Which Stanley Cup Ending was Better?”

  1.  HockeyFan73 says:

    Well at first when I was reading this and watching the video my first response was going to be for the 2010 team. When Kane scored and no one knew it was really in except him, I remember watching and just being in shock. Not until the replay did I actually see it in the net. The game was exciting and the ending was awesome. So this was what I thought was better. Until I thought about the win 2 and a half weeks ago. Even though it is still fresh in my mind I still can’t believe they where down 2-1, pulled the goalie tied it up and then scored again to go up and win the game all with in about a minute. This is to me is the better ending and I don’t know if I will see this type of excitement to an end of a game in a long time. My vote is for the 2013 Blackhawks.

  2.  JNote says:

    The 2010 cup win is the one I am voting for. Although, this year’s cup win was amazing, we were waiting a long time for the cup to return to Chicago and that first feeling of getting it back after such a long drought was awesome. Both the 2010 and 2013 teams showed great character and determination, but 2010 is the one I choose.

  3.  BobbyHullFan says:

    Friday Faceoff – what a great idea. Sure make it a difficult choice for us, your loyal readers.

    The two wins are both so awesome. Seeing the 2010 win replay brought back all those mixed feelings: confusion, laughter, and then sheer joy after realizing Kane had scored.

    But I am choosing the 2013 win. I didn’t know I could hold my breath that long. As the seconds were counting down, the unbelievable excitement building up inside was getting ready to burst. No matter how many times I see the replay of the tying and winning goals, I am right back there as if it was just happening.

  4.  CSizzle says:

    This is a tough one, but I will choose this year’s Stanley Cup. To score two goals that quickly in the dying seconds of a Stanley Cup game was crazy. Hats off to the 2010 team as well as it broke a long drought, but with the 2013 win being down like that and shocking the Bruins team it still gets my heart racing. Good question!

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