The journey began with Jonathan Toews organizing informal workouts while the NHL lockout raged on and ended with the Blackhawks captain holding the Stanley Cup aloft.
The Hawks’ magical 2013 season concluded with seemingly the only result Toews and Co. would allow — the franchise’s fifth title and second in the last four years after a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Monday night at TD Garden.
As with the 2010 championship, the end came in stunning fashion in Game 6 on enemy ice. Trailing by a goal with less than 90 seconds remaining in the third period, the Hawks got scores from Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland 17 seconds apart to stun the Bruins and the crowd of 17,565.
“It was like a fairy tale,” winger Marian Hossa said. “We were down with a couple of minutes left in the game and all of a sudden, bang, we won the Stanley Cup. We didn’t quit. We knew we had to put the puck at the net, but nobody would think in 17 seconds we would score two goals.”