Two classic NHL games, especially by Chicago Blackhawks fans' standards, will be re-airing on NBC Sports today.
First up, Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final at 4 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. ET. Patrick Kane's game-winning goal featuring a disappearing puck 4:06 into overtime was dubbed the "goal of the decade" and the Hawks captured their first of three Stanley Cups in a six-year golden age.
Former three-time Stanley Cup champ with the Blackhawks and current analyst for NBC Sports Chicago Patrick Sharp provided some interesting background info on 2010's Game 6 of the Final on a recent "Blackhawks Talk" podcast.
"Probably the most meaningful moment of my career was postgame Game 6 in Philly, after Patrick Kane had just won the game in overtime. Chaos everywhere, families on the ice, media's on the ice. Joel Quenneville tracked down my dad, gave him a big hug at center ice in Philadelphia and said, 'That was the best game I've ever seen your son play.'
"Game 6 we won the Cup. I was on the ice for all goals scored, scored one myself on a nice pass from Dave Bolland. I think Joel was talking more about my competitive level, how I was checking away from the puck, I was playing center back then.
"Kane was on another level that series too. We had a little makeshift line with (Andrew) Ladd, Kane and myself towards the end of that series and we just started scoring goals."
Next up, Bolland played hero in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final for the Blackhawks' second Cup, re-airing at 6 p.m. CT/ 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports. With 59 seconds left in regulation against the Bruins in Boston, Bolland scored the Cup-winning goal 17 seconds after Bryan Bickell tied it for the 3-2 final score.
"He was awesome," Patrick Kane told NBC Sports Chicago of Bolland earlier this year. "He was one of those guys who played a third-line role for like his whole time here and just really did well with it. I remember the line with him, [Martin] Havlat and [Andrew] Ladd really took off in 2009 and obviously [Dustin] Byfuglien, him and [Kris] Versteeg were a good line in 2010. But just the way he played, he got underneath the other team's skin, especially their star players. Wasn't afraid to chirp, wasn't afraid to get into the mix, especially with his size and the way he was built.
"But yeah, some great moments, some big goals, a lot of big shorthanded goals, you can obviously remember his 17 seconds was unbelievable as well, that's a goal I'm sure he'll never forget."
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