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Toews returns strong for Blackhawks in clincher

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm •  Published: June 24, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The hard hit that kept Jonathan Toews off the ice for the third period of Game 5 of the finals couldn't stop Chicago's captain from leading the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons.

Toews scored Chicago's first goal Monday night and set up the tying goal with 1:16 left in the third period as the Blackhawks rallied with two goals in a span of 17 seconds to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's been nerve-racking at times for us, a lot of ups and downs, but that's playoff hockey for you," Toews said. "We always believed in the group we had. We knew we had something special here. It was just a matter of going out and showing it."

The Blackhawks did just that, following their young captain to another title.

Toews was still on the ice at the end. He had the last shot of the game, scrambling from his hands and knees to slide the puck toward an empty net after Boston pulled goalie Tuukka Rask for an extra skater.

The shot missed, but ate up the final few seconds. Toews jumped back to his feet, turned around and headed full speed toward the other end where a swarm of teammates were celebrating the 4-2 series win.

"When you get the momentum rolling late in a game like that, it changes teams," Toews said. "You could see our jump, us start to believe, and we just fed off that. All that said, it's still pretty unbelievable what happened."

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