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Greatest Games: Chicago Blackhawks – Raucous Rally Leads To Cups

Chicago’s first-round heroics in 2010 post-season set the stage for three NHL championships in six years.

No. 1 – April 24, 2010 – Chicago 5, Nashville 4 (OT)

Patrick Kane's overtime goal from a sharp angle in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup final gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over Philadelphia and their first NHL title in 49 years.

But Kane and Marian Hossa connected for equally dramatic goals in a pivotal contest in the first round of Chicago’s 2010 playoff run. A wild 5-4 OT win in Game 5 versus Nashville stands out as the most emotional victory in team history – and one that put Chicago on the path to three Cups in six seasons.

The series was tied 2-2 and Nashville led 4-3 in the waning minutes of Game 5 in a desperate, frenzied United Center after Chicago had blown a 3-1 lead. The Blackhawks were swarming in the Preds’ zone, but Hossa pushed Nashville’s Dan Hamhuis into the boards from behind with 1:03 left in an over-amped lapse. Hamhuis stayed down for a minute, then skated off slowly. Hossa was assessed a major penalty for boarding.

Game over? Nope.

With goalie Antti Niemi on the bench for an extra attacker, Jonathan Toews led Chicago down the ice. During a final flurry, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne stopped Toews’ shot from the right circle, but Kane backhanded in the rebound with 13.6 seconds left in regulation to tie it.

The drama kept building as Chicago killed off Hossa’s penalty and he returned to the ice.

Capping another Hawks surge, Hossa scored from the edge of the crease at 4:07 of overtime for a 5-4 win and redemption. The winger was set up when Brent Sopel’s shot from the point deflected to him off Joel Ward’s stick.

Hossa slid across ice on his knees pumping his arms as the United Center erupted.

No. 2 – June 24, 2013 – Chicago 3, Boston 2
17 seconds to glory: Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 to stun the Bruins – and give Chicago the Stanley Cup.

No. 3 – April 16, 1961 – Chicago 5, Detroit 1
The veterans came through as the underdog Black Hawks scored three times in the third period for their first Cup since 1938.

GREATEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL-TIME

Grant Mulvey
Feb. 3, 1982 – Chicago 9, St. Louis 5
The Blackhawks were still a year away from a renaissance led by Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Al Secord and Doug Wilson. But on a gray night in another losing season, Mulvey lit up Chicago Stadium with a team-record five goals and seven points. Mulvey scored 30 times in 1981-82, and collected 149 goals and 284 points during his 586-game NHL career.

The affable Mulvey was known more for physical play than finesse. On his big night, he scored four times in the first period, cashing in on close-in chances set up by Savard and Terry Ruskowski.

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