So the 2013 Stanley Cup showdown between the Bruins and Blackhawks didn’t go seven games after all.
And Game 6 didn’t creep into overtime.
Yet this epic series still delivered a shocking, never-seen-anything-like-this finish, the kind of finish Boston sports fans have seen many times over the past decade, only in reverse.

orry, Boston, but somewhere between the Red Sox’ comeback in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees and the Patriots’ Snow Game/Tuck Rule playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders in January 2002 we must place the Blackhawks’ 3-2 victory over the Bruins last night at the Garden to seize a Stanley Cup that only moments earlier was being wrapped up for shipment to Chicago for an all-or-nothing Game 7.
While there will be no Game 7, and while there will be lots of debate about defensive lapses by the Bruins, you’re disrespecting this great game of hockey if you can’t stand back and take a deep breath and appreciate the magnificence of what the Blackhawks accomplished.
Trailing 2-1, the Blackhawks yanked goalie Corey Crawford and tied the game with 1 minute and 16 seconds remaining in the third period when Jonathan Toews got the puck across the front to Bryan Bickell, who stuffed a shot past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Just 17 seconds later, the Blackhawks went ahead when Dave Bolland jammed a rebound past a sprawled out Rask.
And 59 seconds after that, it was over.
It was a certified Instant Classic, and the NHL will be puffing its chest out over it for a long, long time.