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Chicago Wins the Stanley Cup After 49 Years


Chicago Wins the Stanley Cup After 49 Years

Hawks beat Flyers to win Stanley Cup
Kane scores game winner in OT

PHILADELPHIA After nearly half a century, the Stanley Cup again belongs to Chicago.

The Blackhawks brought it home for themselves and their fans – both long-suffering and those who jumped on board during a remarkable resurgence that began just three seasons ago – when they defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime Wednesday night at a raucous Wachovia Center.

The NHL championship is the Hawks' first since 1961, snapping 49 years without the coveted Cup in their grasp and is their fourth in a team history that began in 1926 as members of the Original Six franchises.

Jonathan Toews, the youngest captain in the league at 22 years old, hoisted the Cup as the Hawks celebrated on the ice in front of a stunned Philadelphia crowd that saw the Flyers' miraculous postseason run come to a crashing halt.

Patrick Kane scored the game-winner 4 minutes, 6 seconds into overtime and Dustin Byfuglien, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd also had goals. Goaltender Antti Niemi claimed his team-record 16th victory in a postseason.

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