June 9, 2010 is a day that Chicago Blackhawks fans will long cherish as one of the best days in the history of the iconic franchise.
It was on this date six years ago that the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup championship since 1961, beating the Philadelphia Flyers four games to two and kickstarting what ultimately would be the closest thing the NHL has had to a dynasty since the salary cap was put in place during the new millennium.
With that in mind, we thought it would be a fun idea to take a stroll down memory lane and to recall some of the iconic moments from that playoff run. If we forgot anything, don’t hesitate to let us know what you’ll remember from the team’s first championship in nearly half a century.
Patrick Kane’s Shorthanded Goal vs. Nashville
The mood at the United Center was tense. The Blackhawks, down a goal and facing a 3-2 series deficit, needed to tie things up, and they were shorthanded thanks to a major penalty to Marian Hossa. Then, Patrick Kane came to the rescue:
Marian Hossa’s Game-winner vs. Nashville
In the overtime period, the Blackhawks finished killing off Hossa’s penalty, and the winger gave his teammates the ultimate thank you gift:
Dustin Byfuglien’s Hat Trick vs. Vancouver
For the second year in a row, the Blackhawks faced off against the Canucks in the postseason, but this time, a new hero emerged as Dustin Byfuglien went to work against his team’s hated rival:
Jonathan Toews’ Hat Trick vs. Vancouver
In the very next game, the Blackhawks made sure that the Canucks knew which team was in charge as Toews notched his first career playoff hat trick in a Game 4 victory:
Duncan Keith Loses Seven Teeth vs. San Jose
The most painful moment of the playoffs came in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, when Duncan Keith stepped in front of a clearing attempt and lost seven teeth in a battle with the puck. He was back just a few minutes later:
Patrick Kane’s OT Winner vs. Flyers
Of course, the big one: after 49 years of waiting, the Blackhawks were Stanley Cup champions thanks to a goal, scored by Kane, that nobody really knew was a goal…..except for the talented winger: