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2010 Stanley Cup Finals


2010 Stanley Cup Finals

2010 Stanley Cup Finals
2010 Stanley Cup Finals logo
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location: Chicago: United Center (1,2,5)
Philadelphia: Wachovia Center (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Philadelphia: Peter Laviolette
Chicago: Joel Quenneville
Captains: Philadelphia: Mike Richards
Chicago: Jonathan Toews
National anthem: Philadelphia: Lauren Hart
Chicago: Jim Cornelison
Referees: Bill McCreary (1,3,5)
Dan O'Halloran (1,3,5)
Kelly Sutherland (2,4,6)
Stephen Walkom (2,4,6)
Dates: May 29 – June 9
MVP: Jonathan Toews
Patrick Kane (04:06, OT, G6)
Networks: NBC, Versus, CBC, RDS, ESPN America, Viasat Sport
Announcers: (NBC/Versus) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk
(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson
(RDS) Pierre Houde, Benoit Brunet
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The 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the best-of-seven NHL championship series of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs contested between the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers. It was Chicago's eleventh appearance in the Final and their first since 1992, a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was Philadelphia's eighth appearance in the Final and their first since 1997, a loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago defeated Philadelphia four games to two to win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.[1]

This was the first Cup championship for Chicago since 1961,[2] which had been the longest active Stanley Cup drought. The Toronto Maple Leafs, who last won the Cup in 1967 and who have not appeared in the Final since, along with the St. Louis Blues, currently share the longest active Cup drought streak in the NHL. The Leafs are the only Original Six team to have not won the Cup at least once in the post-1967 NHL expansion era.

The Blackhawks became the fourth major Chicago sports team to win a championship since 1986, joining the 1985 Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s, and the 2005 Chicago White Sox.[3]

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 playoffs, and was the first Blackhawks player to receive this honor. He and teammates Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook won the Olympic Gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, adding the three players to the list of Ken Morrow (1980) and Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan (both 2002), as well as Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter (both 2014), as the only players to accomplish this double in the same year.[4]

Having played for Team USA at the Olympics, Patrick Kane joined Chris Chelios and Brett Hull (both 2002) as having won both the Olympic Silver medal and Stanley Cup in the same year.[5]

Jonathan Toews also became the 24th player and the seventh Canadian to become a member of the Triple Gold Club having won an Olympic Gold Medal, an IIHF World Championship Gold Medal, and the Stanley Cup.


  • Road to the Final 1
    • Chicago Blackhawks 1.1
    • Philadelphia Flyers 1.2
  • The series 2
    • Game one 2.1
    • Game two 2.2
    • Game three 2.3
    • Game four 2.4
    • Game five 2.5
    • Game six 2.6
  • Officials 3
  • Television 4
    • Ratings 4.1
  • Quotes 5
  • Impact and aftermath 6
    • Blackhawks 6.1
    • Flyers 6.2
    • The missing Cup-winning puck 6.3
  • Controversy 7
  • Rosters 8
    • Philadelphia Flyers 8.1
    • Chicago Blackhawks 8.2
  • Chicago Blackhawks - 2010 Stanley Cup champions 9
    • Stanley Cup engraving 9.1
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Road to the Final

This was the third straight Final in which the Western Conference team was an Original Six team that won the Central Division and the Eastern Conference team was an Atlantic Division team from the state of Pennsylvania. Ironically, the Blackhawks have a storied rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings, as do the Flyers with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins and Red Wings played the Stanley Cup Final the past two years.

This is not the first time that these two teams meet in the postseason. Dating back in 1971, when the Blackhawks swept the Flyers 4 games to none.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks finished the regular season as the Central Division champions with 112 points. This is the 14th division title in franchise history for Chicago but the first since 1992–93 when it was called the Norris Division. As the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs, the Blackhawks defeated the seventh seed Nashville Predators and the third seed Vancouver Canucks, each in six games, and then swept the first seed San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final to advance to the Final for the first time since 1992.

Chicago's Marián Hossa is the first player in NHL history to appear in three straight Stanley Cup Finals with three different teams, having previously made the Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 and with the Detroit Red Wings in 2009. Along with Hossa, the other half of Chicago's preseason acquisition from Detroit, Tomas Kopecky, was also playing in his third straight Stanley Cup Final.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers earned the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs after finishing the regular season with 88 points, and winning the tiebreaker over the Montreal Canadiens, having more wins (41 to 39). The Flyers were the last team to qualify for the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Their Cinderella march to the Final began on the final day of the regular season when they met the New York Rangers in a winner-take-all match-up for the final playoff spot. Philadelphia beat their Atlantic Division rivals 2–1 in a historic shootout, the first do or die shootout for a playoff spot in NHL history.[6]

In the first round of the playoffs, the Flyers upset the second seed New Jersey Devils, another of their division rivals, in five games. In the second round, against the sixth-seeded Boston Bruins, Philadelphia became the third NHL team to win a seven game series after being down three games to none (the others being the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders). In addition, in game 7 of that series, the Flyers overcame a three goals to none deficit to win the game and series, 4-3.[7]

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Flyers eliminated the Canadiens in five games to advance to the Final for the first time since 1997.[2] They were also the first team to reach the Final with less than 90 points in the regular season since the Vancouver Canucks in 1994, when they had 85. It also gave the city of Philadelphia the distinction of being the first city to have had all its teams play in each of the four professional sports leagues title rounds since 2000,[8][9] following the 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals, the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX after the 2004 season, and the Phillies in back-to-back World Series in 2008 and 2009, winning in 2008 to bring the city of Philadelphia a championship after 25 years.[2] The Flyers attempted to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.[2]

The series

Game one

The Chicago Blackhawks won the first game by a score of 6–5 on the strength of two goals by Troy Brouwer. Throughout the game, the two teams traded goals with neither team having a lead greater than one. The Flyers opened the scoring at 6:38 of the first period on a goal by Ville Leino that deflected off the face of Niklas Hjalmarsson. The Blackhawks responded with two quick goals, one of which was shorthanded, to take the lead. The lead would not last long, however, as the Flyers would counter with two goals of their own to re-take the lead 3–2 after the first period. Patrick Sharp scored 1:11 into the second period to tie the game once again. Both teams would trade goals once again and tie the game at five after the second period. Michael Leighton was replaced by Brian Boucher after allowing the fifth Chicago goal. In the third period, Tomas Kopecky scored what would eventually prove to be the game winner at 8:25. Antti Niemi finished the game with 27 saves on 32 shots while Leighton saved 15 out of 20 shots. Boucher stopped 11 of 12 shots faced in relief of Leighton.[10]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PHI Ville Leino (5) Daniel Briere (10) and Chris Pronger (11) 6:38 1–0 PHI
CHI Troy Brouwer (3) Marian Hossa (10) and Brent Sopel (4) 7:46 1–1
CHI Dave Bolland (6) – sh None 11:50 2–1 CHI
PHI Scott Hartnell (4) – pp Daniel Briere (11) and Chris Pronger (12) 16:37 2–2
PHI Daniel Briere (10) Ville Leino (9) and Scott Hartnell (6) 19:33 3–2 PHI
2nd CHI Patrick Sharp (8) Troy Brouwer (2) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (5) 1:11 3–3
PHI Blair Betts (1) Arron Asham (3) and Darroll Powe (1) 7:20 4–3 PHI
CHI Kris Versteeg (5) Tomas Kopecky (2) and Duncan Keith (10) 9:31 4–4
CHI Troy Brouwer (4) Marian Hossa (11) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (6) 15:18 5–4 CHI
PHI Arron Asham (4) Daniel Briere (12) and Scott Hartnell (7) 18:49 5–5
3rd CHI Tomas Kopecky (4) Kris Versteeg (6) and Dave Bolland (6) 8:25 6–5 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Ben Eager Cross Checking 3:26 2:00
CHI Patrick Kane Slashing 9:58 2:00
CHI Brian Campbell High-Sticking 15:51 2:00
2nd CHI Adam Burish Boarding 4:59 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 T
Philadelphia 17 9 6 32
Chicago 9 15 8 32

Game two

The Blackhawks took game two of the best-of-seven series by a score of 2–1, thus giving them a 2–0 series lead heading into games three and four in Philadelphia. In contrast to game one, game two was a low-scoring affair with much tighter defense displayed by both teams. Neither team would score in the opening frame as the game entered the first intermission tied 0–0. It was not until late in the second period that Chicago managed to get the ice breaker with a goal from Marian Hossa. The Blackhawks quickly added another goal just 28 seconds later on a wrist shot by Ben Eager. The Flyers would eventually reply in the third period on a power play goal by Simon Gagne but it would not be enough. Both goaltenders were much stronger as Antti Niemi stopped 32 of 33 shots for the Blackhawks while Michael Leighton rebounded with 24 stops on 26 shots.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd CHI Marian Hossa (3) Patrick Sharp (10) and Duncan Keith (11) 17:09 1–0 CHI
CHI Ben Eager (1) Dustin Byfuglien (3) 17:37 2–0 CHI
3rd PHI Simon Gagne (8) – pp Mike Richards (16) and Jeff Carter (2) 5:20 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Kris Versteeg Interference 7:26 2:00
PHI Blair Betts Cross Checking 14:48 2:00
CHI Tomas Kopecky Elbowing 17:27 2:00
PHI Daniel Carcillo Unsportsmanlike Conduct 17:27 2:00
PHI Mike Richards Elbowing 17:27 2:00
2nd PHI Mike Richards Hooking 5:08 2:00
CHI Troy Brouwer Roughing 19:24 2:00
3rd CHI Patrick Sharp Tripping 3:21 2:00
PHI Chris Pronger Misconduct 20:00 10:00
CHI Ben Eager Misconduct 20:00 10:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 T
Philadelphia 3 15 15 33
Chicago 9 13 4 26

Game three

The Flyers won game three in overtime, 4–3, to pull within two games to one in the series. Danny Briere opened the scoring for Philadelphia with a power play goal at 14:58 of the first period. Duncan Keith tied the game at 1–1 early in the second period, and both teams added another goal to leave the score at 2–2 entering the third period. Patrick Kane scored with 17:10 remaining in the game to give the Blackhawks their first lead, but Ville Leino responded with the tying goal 20 seconds later. In overtime, shortly after a review determined that a shot by Gagne was not a goal, Claude Giroux scored the game-winner at 5:59 of the extra period.[11]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PHI Daniel Briere (11) – pp Scott Hartnell (8) and Braydon Coburn (3) 14:58 1–0 PHI
2nd CHI Duncan Keith (2) Troy Brouwer (2) and Marián Hossa (12) 2:49 1–1
PHI Scott Hartnell (5) – pp Chris Pronger (13) and Claude Giroux (10) 9:55 2–1 PHI
CHI Brent Sopel (1) John Madden (1) 17:52 2–2
3rd CHI Patrick Kane (8) Jonathan Toews (20) and Ben Eager (2) 2:50 3–2 CHI
PHI Ville Leino (6) Claude Giroux (11) and Matt Carle (11) 3:10 3–3
OT PHI Claude Giroux (9) Matt Carle (12) and Danny Briere (13) 5:59 4–3 PHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Marian Hossa Slashing 13:54 2:00
PHI Daniel Carcillo Charging 18:05 2:00
CHI Dustin Byfuglien Roughing 20:00 2:00
2nd PHI Chris Pronger High-sticking 3:36 2:00
CHI Dustin Byfuglien Slashing 9:31 2:00
PHI Michael Leighton served by Ville Leino Delay of game 14:59 2:00
3rd None
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT T
Chicago 9 12 4 2 27
Philadelphia 9 7 15 1 32

Game four

The Flyers evened the series at two games apiece by winning game four, 5–3. The Flyers took the lead 4:35 into the game on a Mike Richards power play goal. Matt Carle extended their lead to 2–0 at 14:48 of the first period. Sharp cut Philadelphia's lead in half with 1:28 left in the period, but Giroux restored the Flyers' two-goal advantage 51 seconds later. Following a scoreless second period, Leino gave Philadelphia a three-goal lead 6:43 into the third period. Dave Bolland (on a power play) and Brian Campbell scored later in the third to leave Chicago trailing 4–3 with 4:10 remaining. However, Jeff Carter scored an empty-net goal with 25 seconds left to clinch the Flyers' victory.[12]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PHI Mike Richards (7) – pp none 4:35 1–0 PHI
PHI Matt Carle (1) none 14:48 2–0 PHI
CHI Patrick Sharp (9) Duncan Keith (11) 18:32 2–1 PHI
PHI Claude Giroux (10) Kimmo Timonen (9) and Scott Hartnell (9) 19:23 3–1 PHI
2nd none
3rd PHI Ville Leino (7) Danny Briere (14) and James van Riemsdyk (3) 6:43 4–1 PHI
CHI Dave Bolland (7) – pp Duncan Keith (12) and Patrick Kane (15) 12:01 4–2 PHI
CHI Brian Campbell (1) Andrew Ladd (2) and Duncan Keith (13) 15:50 4–3 PHI
PHI Jeff Carter (5) – en none 19:35 5–3 PHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Andrew Ladd Interference 0:35 2:00
CHI Tomas Kopecky High-sticking 4:30 2:00
PHI Kimmo Timonen Hooking 8:16 2:00
2nd CHI Dave Bolland High-sticking 1:27 2:00
CHI Patrick Sharp Slashing 12:53 2:00
CHI Nick Boynton Slashing 18:22 2:00
PHI Scott Hartnell Cross checking 18:22 2:00
3rd CHI Brent Seabrook Cross checking 8:03 2:00
PHI Scott Hartnell Unsportsmanlike conduct 10:46 2:00
PHI Braydon Coburn Holding 11:49 2:00
CHI Kris Versteeg Slashing 19:42 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 T
Chicago 11 13 10 34
Philadelphia 8 10 13 31

Game five

The Blackhawks took a 3–2 lead in the series with a 7–4 victory in game five. At 12:17 of the first period, Brent Seabrook scored on a power play to give Chicago the lead. Within the next six minutes, the Blackhawks tripled their advantage, adding goals by Bolland and Kris Versteeg to make the score 3–0. At the start of the second period, the Flyers again took Leighton out of the game, replacing him with Boucher. Four goals were scored in the second period—two by each team—and the Blackhawks entered the third period with a 5–2 lead. James van Riemsdyk pulled Philadelphia within two goals at 6:36 of the third. Sharp made the score 6–3 with 3:52 remaining, but Gagne answered for the Flyers 1:16 later. Thirty-one seconds after Gagne's goal, Dustin Byfuglien tallied an empty-net goal—his second goal of the game—which concluded the scoring. Flyers' alternate captain Chris Pronger was on the ice for six of Chicago's goals and was in the penalty box on the seventh. Discounting the power play goal, Pronger finished -5 on the game.[13]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st CHI Brent Seabrook (4) – pp Kris Versteeg (7) and Troy Brouwer (4) 12:17 1–0 CHI
CHI Dave Bolland (8) Brent Sopel (5) and Dustin Byfuglien (4) 15:26 2–0 CHI
CHI Kris Versteeg (6) Brent Seabrook (7) and Dustin Byfuglien (5) 18:15 3–0 CHI
2nd PHI Scott Hartnell (6) Ville Leino (10) and Daniel Briere (15) 0:32 3–1 CHI
CHI Patrick Kane (9) Andrew Ladd (3) and Patrick Sharp (11) 3:13 4–1 CHI
PHI Kimmo Timonen (1) Daniel Briere (16) and Ville Leino (11) 4:38 4–2 CHI
CHI Dustin Byfuglien (9) – pp Jonathan Toews (21) and Duncan Keith (14) 15:45 5–2 CHI
3rd PHI James van Riemsdyk (3) Lukas Krajicek (2) and Kimmo Timonen (10) 6:36 5–3 CHI
CHI Patrick Sharp (10) Patrick Kane (16) 16:08 6–3 CHI
PHI Simon Gagne (9) Ville Leino (12) 17:24 6–4 CHI
CHI Dustin Byfuglien (10) – en Kris Versteeg (8) and Dave Bolland (7) 17:55 7–4 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st PHI Lukas Krajicek Cross Checking 2:50 2:00
CHI Dave Bolland Cross Checking 9:15 2:00
PHI Scott Hartnell High-Sticking 11:16 2:00
2nd PHI Scott Hartnell Elbowing 7:19 2:00
CHI Brent Seabrook Closing Hand on Puck 9:51 2:00
PHI Chris Pronger Hooking 15:18 2:00
3rd CHI Kris Versteeg Slashing 4:59 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 T
Philadelphia 7 10 10 27
Chicago 13 8 7 28

Game six

The sixth game required overtime, as the score was tied 3–3 at the end of the third period. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks scored the Cup-winning goal at 4:06 into the overtime period, a shot in which the puck crossed the goal line and then got stuck underneath the padding in the back of the net. Several observers, including most of the players and all the officials initially lost sight of the puck. Only Kane and Patrick Sharp started to celebrate immediately, soon followed by the rest of the Blackhawks. It was only after a video review was the goal officially awarded.

Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and was the first Blackhawk to hoist the Cup, the first Cup to be won in overtime since 2000.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st CHI Dustin Byfuglien (11) – pp Jonathan Toews (22) and Patrick Kane (17) 16:49 1–0 CHI
PHI Scott Hartnell (7) – pp Daniel Briere (17) and Chris Pronger (14) 19:33 1–1
2nd PHI Daniel Briere (12) Ville Leino (13) and Lukas Krajicek (3) 8:00 2–1 PHI
CHI Patrick Sharp (11) Dave Bolland (8) and Duncan Keith (15) 9:58 2–2
CHI Andrew Ladd (3) Niklas Hjalmarsson (7) and Patrick Kane (18) 17:43 3–2 CHI
3rd PHI Scott Hartnell (8) Ville Leino (14) and Daniel Briere (18) 16:01 3–3
OT CHI Patrick Kane (10) Brian Campbell (4) 4:06 4–3 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st PHI Chris Pronger Holding 8:42 2:00
CHI Brent Sopel Interference 13:28 2:00
PHI Chris Pronger High-sticking 16:29 2:00
CHI Brent Seabrook Elbowing 16:59 2:00
CHI Brent Sopel Interference 19:07 2:00
2nd PHI Scott Hartnell High-sticking 1:56 2:00
PHI Braydon Coburn Cross checking 8:09 2:00
CHI Marian Hossa Goaltender interference 9:29 2:00
PHI Danny Briere Cross checking 18:32 2:00
3rd None
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT T
Chicago 17 10 12 2 41
Philadelphia 7 6 9 2 24



In Canada, the series was televised in English on Moldova, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.[16]


Game one produced the best overnight rating in the United States for a game one since 1999. The 2.8 overnight rating and six share was a 12-percent increase from the first game of the 2009 Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.[17] Meanwhile, in Canada, game one was viewed by 3.164 million people on CBC.[18]

Game two of the series, on Memorial Day, earned a 4.1 rating.[19] The number of viewers increased as the game averaged approximately six million viewers with a peak of 6.940 million at 10:30 pm ET.[20] According to NBC, this is the highest game two since at least 1975 because data prior to then is unavailable. Game two also saw a 21-percent increase over 2009's second game.[21] In local markets game two drew a 25.1 rating and 39 share in Chicago along with an 18.5 rating and 28 share in Philadelphia.[22]

Game three returned to cable on Versus where it received a 2.0 rating and 3.6 million viewers.[19] The broadcast peaked at 5.1 million viewers at 10:30 pm ET. It ranked as the highest rated and most viewed program in the history of Versus.[19] It also ranked as the highest-rated and most-viewed Stanley Cup Final game on cable television since 2002.[19]

Game four saw a decline of 9% from the 2009 Final between the Penguins and the Red Wings as just 3.1 million viewers tuned into the game.[23]

With the series returning to broadcast television on NBC, the ratings trend rebounded and improved over the 2009 Final ratings trend. Game five's prime time portion of the broadcast received a 3.3 final rating and averaged 5.8 million viewers, an increase of 38% in the ratings and 32% in viewers over the 2009 Final.[24] Locally, the Chicago market received a 26.0 rating while Philadelphia had a 19.7 rating. The average for the three NBC broadcasts rose to 5.4 million viewers, an increase of 800,000 compared to 2009.[25] This increase came despite going head to head with the 2010 NBA Finals.

Game six was the most-watched NHL game since game six in 1974, drawing a 4.7 rating and 8 share, up 38 percent vs. 3.4/6 for game six in 2009.[19][26] The top two markets were Chicago, with a 32.8/50 and Philadelphia, 26.8/38.[27] In Canada, game six was the most-watched all-American Stanley Cup Final game on the CBC, with 4.077 million viewers.[19][26] The Final averaged 3.107 million viewers, up 44 percent from 2009.[19][26]


The puck taken back by Campbell, left point, drops it to Kane on the left half boards. Here's Kane now, juking his way to the right from the left corner, he shoots, he sco— oh no that's turned wide by Leighton. Loose puck in the crease; and, no, it's in the net! They score! They score! The Hawks win the Stanley Cup! The Hawks win the Stanley Cup! Leighton is down on his knees in the goal crease, and that one looked like it slid past him into the net. They're gonna go and take a look. They're gonna take a look upstairs. (after video review) It's in the back of the net! The Hawks have won the Stanley Cup! Blackhawk fans around the world, you've endured 49 years of frustration, but your patience has finally paid off! Lord Stanley's new address is Sweet Home Chicago! The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup! They've won the Stanley Cup!
John Wiedeman, calling the same moment for WGN Radio[28]
Here's Campbell, handing on to Kane again. Lots of head fakes there, trying to shake Timonen. Threw one in front, they... Oh my! It rattled around, and it kicked on back and then... SCORE! We saw no light (from the goal judge), we saw no signal (from the officials), and we're not sure if they said a signal to the goal yet, but they (the Blackhawks) are celebrating at the other end of the ice! WHAT CHAOS!!
Mike Emrick, calling the same moment on NBC.[29]
[It's] one of the more unusual finishes, but it's a goal. The Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks!
—Emrick, who waited until after the video review to declare the Blackhawks the winners in Game 6.[29]
Kane, watched by Kimmo Timonen, to the net...... wait, he stopped it. Where's the puck? It came loose on the other side, it's over! Patrick Kane has scored the goal! The Chicago Blackhawks' long drought is over. For the first time since 1961, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup.
Jim Hughson, calling the same moment on CBC
[...] Patrick Kane. He dances wide of Kimmo Timonen, took the shot, he scores... and it's in behi— no! It's still alive. Everybody with the Flyers thought that was in, yes it is in! Chicago has won the series. The Flyers only now realizing it's in. And Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate. They certainly are gonna look at this, but I think it's a good goal. And this amazing playoff run for the Flyers ends in heartbreak.
Tim Saunders, calling the same moment for WIP

Impact and aftermath


Chicago skyline with the CNA Center showing the Chicago Blackhawks' logo, the Smurfit-Stone Building saying Go Hawks and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower saying Hawks win the night after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, viewed from the Petrillo Music Shell lawn in Grant Park.

The win was the Blackhawks first championship since 1961. It gave the city of Chicago the distinction of being the first city to have at least a championship in each of the four major professional sports since 1985.[3] It also vaulted Toews into the Triple Gold Club, having won the Olympic Gold medal in Vancouver earlier in 2010 and an IIHF World Championship Gold medal in 2007. Toews and defencemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook also became the fourth, fifth, and sixth players to win Olympic Gold and the Stanley Cup in the same year.[5] With Chicago's Cup win, the Toronto Maple Leafs are now the only Original Six team to not win the Stanley Cup or play in the Finals since the 1967 expansion; their most recent finals appearance came in their championship season of that year.

The day after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley issued a proclamation declaring June 11 Chicago Blackhawks Day in the city of Chicago.[30] That day, an estimated two million Chicagoans attended the Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade, more than the estimated 1.75 million who attended the parade for the Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series championship,[30][31][32] and more than the rallies at Grant Park for any of the Chicago Bulls. The Blackhawks' celebration also overshadowed the series between the White Sox and Chicago Cubs taking place around the same time.[33] However, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén said that the parade the White Sox had was far bigger than the Blackhawks'.[34] Daley presented the proclamation to the team at the celebratory parade and rally.[30]

US President Barack Obama, a former US Senator from Illinois and Chicago resident, phoned Joel Quennville to congratulate his team and to invite them to the White House. Obama joked that he now had "bragging rights" over Vice President Joe Biden, a Flyers fan.[35]


The loss by the Flyers was the sixth straight Final series they have lost, tying them with the 1933-40 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1956-95 Detroit Red Wings for most consecutive finals lost.[5]

The missing Cup-winning puck

Ever since the Cup-winning puck got stuck underneath the padding in the back of the net to end Game 6, there has been controversy and speculation as to its current whereabouts. Amid the confusion involving the video review and the subsequent celebrations, the Cup-winning puck got lost in all that chaos. Because it ended the Blackhawks' then-record for the longest active Cup drought, it is considered a valuable piece of sport memorabilia. So much so, a Chicago based restaurant has offered a $50,000 reward for it, as well as the FBI has been called in to investigate the case.[36]

Video and pictures taken from the game indicate that linesman Steve Miller was the first person who took the puck after the game-winning goal was scored, but he denies knowing where it eventually went.[36] As a result of an ESPN story about the controversy on April 21, 2011, the league relieved Miller of his 2011 postseason duties for more than a week, citing that the controversy was a potential distraction during the playoffs.[37] In reinstating Miller, the league said it is standing by him and his story.[37] As Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports wrote, "it's also completely believable that this guy accidentally handed off hockey history to someone else in the postgame euphoria, and is unable to piece together what happened. So he's just going with the straight denial."[38]


Much controversy came throughout the first four games between the Blackhawks and Flyer defenseman Chris Pronger. Chicago complained that Pronger had gotten away with rough play that they felt was beyond the rules. The Blackhawks argued that even when they responded with the same actions that Pronger was being allowed to get away with, that they would instead be given a penalty. The Blackhawks set up a meeting with the NHL to make a complaint about Pronger's play.[39] The Blackhawks felt that Chris Pronger had been allowed to get away with what they perceive to be "obstruction or interference" with Chicago coach Joel Quenneville saying "Whether it's stick use or obstruction, I think we'll keep an eye on it."."[40] Pronger was also the target of a Chicago Tribune poster displaying him in a figure skating outfit after he had a +/- rating of -5 in game five and a -4 in the three games combined that the Blackhawks won against the Flyers.[41] Pronger had been noticed by the media and the NHL at the end of games one and two of the series as he picked up and left with the game puck at the conclusion of the games. When asked, Pronger replied that he had thrown the pucks in the garbage.[42]


Philadelphia Flyers

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
45 Arron Asham RW R 2008 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba first
3 Oskars Bartulis D L 2005 Ogre, Soviet Union first
11 Blair Betts C L 2009 Edmonton, Alberta first
33 Brian Boucher G L 2009 Woonsocket, Rhode Island first
48 Daniel Brière C R 2007 Gatineau, Quebec first
13 Daniel Carcillo LW L 2009 King City, Ontario first
25 Matt Carle D L 2008 Anchorage, Alaska first
17 Jeff CarterA C R 2003 London, Ontario first
5 Braydon Coburn D L 2007 Calgary, Alberta first
12 Simon Gagne LW L 1998 Sainte-Foy, Quebec first
28 Claude Giroux RW R 2006 Hearst, Ontario first
19 Scott Hartnell LW L 2007 Regina, Saskatchewan first
2 Lukas Krajicek D L 2010 Prostějov, Czechoslovakia first
14 Ian Laperriere RW R 2009 Montreal, Quebec first
49 Michael Leighton G L 2009 Petrolia, Ontario first
22 Ville Leino LW L 2010 Savonlinna, Finland second (2009)
77 Ryan Parent D L 2007 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan first
36 Darroll Powe C L 2008 Kanata, Ontario first
20 Chris ProngerA D L 2009 Dryden, Ontario third (2006, 2007)
18 Mike RichardsC C L 2003 Kenora, Ontario first
44 Kimmo TimonenA D L 2007 Kuopio, Finland first
21 James van Riemsdyk LW L 2007 Middletown, New Jersey first

Chicago Blackhawks

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
36 Dave Bolland C R 2004 Etobicoke, Ontario first
24 Nick Boynton D R 2010 Nobleton, Ontario first
22 Troy Brouwer RW R 2004 Vancouver, British Columbia first
37 Adam Burish RW R 2002 Madison, Wisconsin first
33 Dustin Byfuglien LW R 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota first
51 Brian Campbell D L 2008 Strathroy, Ontario first
55 Ben Eager LW L 2007 Ottawa, Ontario first
46 Colin Fraser C L 2004 Sicamous, British Columbia first
6 Jordan Hendry D L 2005 Nokomis, Saskatchewan first
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson D L 2005 Eksjö, Sweden first
81 Marian Hossa RW L 2009 Stara Ľubovna, Czechoslovakia third (2008, 2009)
39 Cristobal Huet G L 2008 Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France first
88 Patrick Kane RW L 2007 Buffalo, New York first
2 Duncan KeithA D L 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba first
82 Tomas Kopecky RW L 2009 Ilava, Czechoslovakia third (2008; did not play, 2009)
16 Andrew Ladd LW L 2008 Maple Ridge, British Columbia second (2006)
11 John Madden C L 2009 Barrie, Ontario fourth (2000, 2001, 2003)
31 Antti Niemi G L 2008 Vantaa, Finland first
7 Brent Seabrook D R 2003 Richmond, British Columbia first
10 Patrick SharpA C R 2005 Thunder Bay, Ontario first
5 Brent Sopel D R 2007 Calgary, Alberta first
19 Jonathan ToewsC C L 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba first
32 Kris Versteeg LW R 2007 Lethbridge, Alberta first

Chicago Blackhawks - 2010 Stanley Cup champions


  • 1 Played both center and wing.

  Coaching and administrative staff
  • W. Rockwell Rocky Wirtz (Chairman/Owner/Governor), John McDonough (President), Jay Blunk (Sr. Vice President-Business Operations)
  • Stan Bowman (General Manager), Al MacIsaac (Sr. Director-Hockey Administration-Assistant to the President)
  • Kevin Cheveldayoff (Assistant General Manager), William Scotty Bowman^ (Sr. Advisor, Hockey Operations)
  • Dale Tallon (Sr. Advisor, Hockey Operations), Joel Quenneville (Head Coach), Mike Haviland (Assistant Coach)
  • John Torchetti (Assistant Coach), Stephane Waite (Goaltending Coach), Mike Gapski (Athletic Trainer), Troy Parchman (Equipment Manager)
  • Jeff Thomas (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Clint Reif (Assistant Equipment Manager), Pawel Prylinski (Massage Therapist), Jim Heintzelman (Equipment Assistant)
  • Paul Goodman (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Paul Vincent (Skating Coach), Brad Aldrich (Video Coach), Marc Bergevin (Director-Player Personnel)
  • Mark Kelley (Director-Amateur Scouting), Norm Maciver (Director-Player Development), Michael Dumas (Chief Amateur Scout), Ron Anderson (Director-Player Recruitment)
  • Tony Ommen (Director-Team Service), Mark Bernard (General Manager-Minor League Affiliations), Dr. Michael Terry (Head Team Physician)
  • ^Scotty Bowman won the Stanley Cup with his fourth different team; Montreal, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago. The only other people with wins with four different teams are Jack Marshall, Harry Happy Holmes, Tommy Gorman and Al Arbour. This was also his 12th Stanley Cup win, tying him with Sam Pollock for second most times; only Jean Beliveau with his name on the Stanley Cup 17 times has more.

Left off the Stanley Cup

  • #29 Bryan Bickell, LW, only played 16 regular season games, and 4 playoff games with the Blackhawks. NHL refused Chicago's request to include Bickell's name on the Stanley Cup. Bickell had played 65 games in the minors playing for the Rockford IceHogs AHL) He was, however, included in the team picture.
  • #8 Kim Johnsson, D, played 60 games, 52 for Minnesota and 8 for Chicago, missing the last 14 games and all the playoffs due a concussion. Chicago chose not to submit his name for engraving, because he spent most of season with Minnesota. Johnsson was left out of the team picture. Due his concussion Johnsson never played in the NHL again.
  • 6 Ambassadors were also included on the Official Stanley Cup Picture - Ab MacDonald, Denis Savard, Glenn Hall, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito. - All 8 members along with 13 more scouts, and other players, and non-players were awarded Stanley Cup Rings.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Kris Versteeg's name was misspelled KRIS VERTSEEG with the "S" and "T" transposed. The engraver was able to correct the mistake.


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External links

  • 2010 Stanley Cup Final NHL official site
  • 2010 Stanley Cup Final at TSN
  • 2010 Stanley Cup Final at ESPN
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Penguins
Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Boston Bruins
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