What a bizarre way to end a Stanley Cup final. If ending in overtime wasn't enough, Chicago forward Patrick Kane delivered the knockout blow to the Philadelphia Flyers' season with a goal no one - not even his own teammates - was certain ever went into the net.
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A goal at 4:06 of overtime by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane Wednesday night might have been the most bizarre Cup-clinching moment in memory.
Trying to stay loose even though they're one win away from a Stanley Cup championship, the Chicago Blackhawks stuck to their routine on the eve of Game 6, going out to eat and playing video games.
"[Tuesday night] we played some Mario Kart like we always do and we had the final rankings of the year and [Niklas] Hjalmarsson won," said forward Troy Brouwer. "We had a load of fun with it last night, joking around and having a good time."
How the Flyers come out of the tunnel Wednesday, how they view the task at hand, will say much about their chances of winning Game 6 and forcing a deciding match back in Chicago.
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews admitted he has thought about how it would feel should his team win Game 6 and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman places the Stanley Cup into his arms.
Everyone knows that Michael Leighton will be in goal for the Flyers in Game 6 on Wednesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from claiming the Stanley Cup.
Thanks to the extra off day between Games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup final, the Chicago Blackhawks have even more time to think about winning the organization's first title in 49 years.
"I think it's pretty easy not to think about that, to be honest with you," defenceman Duncan Keith said. "We haven't won anything, so you've got to keep battling.
Throughout these Stanley Cup playoffs, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has had some gems and he compared Sunday's 7-4 thrashing by the Blackhawks in Game 5 to chapters of a book.
Dustin Byfuglien finally left his mark in the Stanley Cup final on Sunday night.
Peter Laviolette's Flyers were simply horrific at the start, looking frazzled during Game 5's 7-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final.
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