The game of hockey is full of bounces. They’re either fortunate or heartbreaking, depending on what side of the coin flip you’re on.
Last night, Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for the worst kind. It was the type of bounce that could make a hockey player sick, because it came at the worst time. And it was one that handed the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals and the championship.
The unfortunate series of events took place in the third period. Milan Lucic scored at 12:11 to give the Bruins a 2-1 edge, but Bryan Bickell tied the game at 18:44. And then it happened, the series of deflections that would crush any hopes the B’s had for another Cup.

It all started with defenseman Johnny Oduya. He collected the puck from Marcus Kruger at the left point and fired it toward Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. The puck redirected off the stick of either Ference or Boychuk — neither was sure who touched it — and then it clanged off the left post. There it sat for the slightest moment behind Rask, waiting until Dave Bolland arrived to tap it in. And he did, 17 seconds after Bickell’s equalizer, putting Chicago ahead by a goal for the first time, 3-2, with 58.3 seconds left.
“It’s a sickening feeling. I didn’t even see the tying goal. The winning goal, you get a bounce like that, a high tip, and it bounced perfect. You feel helpless when it goes in,” Ference said. “It was a scramble up top, you could see the shot coming and there was some traffic in the high slot . . . It really tipped perfectly for a rebound to the guy.”
The Bruins experienced strange deflections and bounces during this series with the Blackhawks, but unlike Andrew Shaw’s shin-pad deflection in Game 1, this tip-in by Bolland essentially ended the Bruins’ season. As the Blackhawks celebrated, the Bruins stood by their bench, silenced and stunned.