June 10, 2010
A bounce of a ping-pong ball in a different direction during the 2007 NHL Draft Lottery and Patrick Kane would have been a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Instead, the Chicago Blackhawks benefited from having the No. 1 overall pick that year and three years later, Kane scored the goal that gave the franchise their fourth Stanley Cup title and first since 1961.
Kane finished with three points on the night placing him third overall in playoff scoring with 28 points. He's now in the history books as the 16th player in NHL history to score a Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime.
Other than Danny Briere(notes), Hartnell was Philadelphia's best player in Game 6. Scoring twice, including the second to tie the game with 3:59 remaining, Hartnell helped lead a desperate attempt by the Flyers to knot things up in the third period. He finished the Stanley Cup Final with five goals and nine points.
No. 3 star: Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers
Briere's three-point night clinched the playoff scoring lead giving him 30 points in 23 games, a Flyers franchise record. His 12th goal of the playoffs gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead for just 1:58 in the second period before Patrick Sharp(notes) quickly tied the game again. Briere recorded 12 points in the series, the most in the Stanley Cup Final since Mario Lemieux in 1991.
Honorable Mention: Before Game 6, the Blackhawks hadn't won in Philadelphia since November, 1996, a stretch of 10 games ... In the six games a total of 47 goals were scored, tied for third most in NHL history since the best-of-seven format was introduced ... Chicago's victory marks the second straight season a team that began the year in Europe went on to win the Stanley Cup ... Andrew Ladd(notes) (+2) and Patrick Sharp (+3) scored eight minutes apart in the second period to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead heading into the third period ... Ville Leino's(notes) two assists tied him with Dino Ciccarelli for the most points by a rookie in the playoffs with 21 ... Michael Leighton(notes) was under fired all game stopping 37 of 41 Chicago shots ... Antti Niemi(notes) became the second rookie goaltender in the past five seasons to lead his team to the Cup.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Jonathan Toews(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Chris Pronger(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 3. Dustin Byfuglien(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers; 5. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers; 7. Ville Leino, Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Claude Giroux(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Duncan Keith(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 10. Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks.