Chicago Blackhawks: Dissecting The Stanley Cup-Winning Goal

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Chicago Blackhawks: Dissecting The Stanley Cup-Winning Goal
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Don't forget about Michael Frolik when you talk about Dave Bolland's cup-winning goal Monday night.

The Chicago Blackhawks got a historically clutch goal to win the 2013 Stanley Cup Monday night.

Dave Bolland's put-back of Michael Frolik's deflection electrified Blackhawks fans and brought a sudden end to the cup dreams of the Boston Bruins.

Yes, I mentioned Frolik's role in the play, though you likely haven't heard much about it in the postgame euphoria. 

Believe me, though, a lot went into Bolland making the move that gave Chicago its second title in four years.

In fact, let's put the play under the microscope for a moment, starting from when play resumed following Bryan Bickell's equalizer with 1:16 remaining in Game 6.

We were all girding ourselves for the tense overtime session that was surely about to come. The video below comes from NBC's broadcast of the contest.

'Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is sending out his fourth line to the ice' that's fitting as Chicago has been rolling four lines all season.

It also is a bit appropriate that Bolland promptly goes out and loses the draw. The Bruins control the puck until Andrew Ference attempts to send it off the boards and into the 'Hawks zone.

Niklas Hjalmarsson stops the puck at his blue line and backhands it to the middle of the ice—all three Chicago forwards are waiting there. Bolland collects the puck and brings it across Boston's blue line.

Bolland drops a pass back to Frolik, who shoots (of course). Tuukka Rask has no problem turning away the attempt with his stick, sending the puck into the left corner. Marcus Kruger gets to the rebound first along the boards and scoots it out to Johnny Oduya at the point.

Oduya sends a shot toward the Bruins net minder. Meanwhile, Bolland has circled around the net and gotten behind Ference and Johnny Boychuk.

This is where things get interesting.

Frolik gets a stick on Oduya's drive, sending the puck past Rask and off the left goal post. While everyone else seems frozen, the Rat sneaks into the fray and scoops it out of mid-air and into the net.

Frolik's re-direct is the key. Oduya's shot is likely to be stopped or knocked away by Rask before Bolland has a shot at it—no way the puck clangs off the post if not for Frolik.

The Stanley Cup-winning tally was the result of a total team effort by the Blackhawks. All five skaters touched the puck in the space of that 17 seconds. Again, I find it fitting that while Chicago's top line tied the contest, its fourth line provided the winning margin.

Doc Emrick made note of Frolik's stick work as the play was happening, though Eddie Olcyk failed to point it out on the replay. After the NBC broadcast left the happy scene at TD Garden, I switched to Comcast SportsNet Chicago to join in the celebration.

I waited for Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd to acknowledge Frolik's part of the play—it never happened.

Allow me to show Frolik some love. While I'm at it, I'll point out that Frolik was the man who pressured Ference to send the puck up the boards in the first place.

Maybe they just missed the deflection—it happens.

Frolik is credited in the box score for the primary assist. Eventually, he'll get his due along with all the other heroes on the play that led to Chicago's fifth Stanley Cup.

 

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