Chicago Blackhawks win 2013 Stanley Cup score two goals in 17 seconds at the end
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Chicago Blackhawks win 2013 Stanley Cup score two goals in 17 seconds at the end

Boston : MA : USA | Jun 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM PDT
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Final Two Minutes of Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Win (Both Goals)

Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions as they defeated the Boston Bruins tonight in Game 6 of the final series of the playoffs. The city of Chicago and the Chicago Blackhawks once went 48 consecutive years between Stanley Cup championship celebrations. The second one in 36 months is now on in the Windy City.

1961.

Stanley Cup Championship.

2010.

Stanley Cup Championship.

2013.

Stanley Cup Championship.

What looked like a sure defeat for the Chicago Blackhawks, in seventeen seconds turned into their third Stanley Cup Championship in team history. The Chicago Blackhawks were down 2-1, as the Blackhawks pulled goalie Corey Crawford.

Just like that, as quick as you can say "seventeen seconds," the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship, with the right to hoist the trophy over their heads and around town.

Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored their goals 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 of the third period to give the Blackhawks their second championship in four seasons.

"We've said it before that that team in 2010, we really didn't know what we were doing," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told NBC Sports. "We played great hockey and we were kind of oblivious to how we were playing.

"This time we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here, and this is an unbelievable group. We've been through a lot together this year and this a sweet way to finish it off."

Rep. Robin Kelly congratulated the Chicago Blackhawks through a facebook posting. "Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship. The spectacular ending of scoring two goals in seventeen seconds is in keeping with the 'can do' and 'never give up' spirit of Chicago."

United States Senator Dick Durbin said on his facebook page, "Congratulations, Blackhawks -- 2013 Stanley Cup champs! Senator Kirk and I are looking forward to our Legal Seafoods chowder and Sam Adams from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator William 'Mo' Cowan." Senator Durbin was referring to a bet with the Massachusetts United States Senators."

Governor Pat Quinn also said that the Stanley Cup championship showed the "never give up spirit" of this team. Quinn said that the Stanley Cup trophy will spend a night at the Governor's mansion in Springfield and featured at the State Fair this year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement on the victory. "The City of Chicago is thrilled to congratulate our own Chicago Blackhawks on their hard-fought victory, once again bringing the Stanley Cup back to their sweet home Chicago. Our best wishes go out to the Bruins and the city of Boston for a well-played series."

Mayor Emanuel added that "In the past few months, the people of Boston have showed how they can pull together and the Bruins have represented that same spirit, demonstrating what makes Boston a truly world-class city. Our congratulations go out to Rocky Wirtz, Coach Joel Quenneville, the incredible Blackhawks players, and the whole Blackhawks family for their dedication and determination to make Chicago a championship city once again."

The Blackhawks is the "City of Big Shoulders stood shoulder to shoulder with the Blackhawks all season and we are all looking forward to welcoming them home as champions."

In addition to all te celebration on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks will be going to the White House. On March 11, 2011, the Chicago Blackhawks were invited to the White House and honored for the 2010 Stanley Cup champions.

At the time of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship, President Obama was presented with a jersey, "Obama 44" and said referring to the long drought of championships in Chicago that "even by Chicago standards, 49 years, that’s a pretty long time."

"To put that in perspective, the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, a movie cost 69 cents. JFK had just moved into the White House. I was still in diapers. And when the legendary Glenn Hall played goalie for the Hawks, he did it with a wooden stick and no mask," President Obama told the Chicago Blackhawk team and coaches.

"So you can understand why people were a little skeptical when, after this team’s first practice last year, Patrick Kane came off the ice and said, 'We want to win the Stanley Cup.' We had heard that before," said President Obama.

History has repeated itself and for Chicago Blackhawk fans, the hope is history will keep repeating itself.

Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions, johnpresta@att.net.

John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.

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