Today in Hockey History: Patrick Kane Ends Chicago Blackhawks Cup Drought

Patrick Kane

During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for June 9th, featuring Patrick Kane.

Today in Hockey History

Patrick Kane Ends Blackhawks 49-Year Cup Drought

2010: The Chicago Blackhawks scorer nets the game-winner 4:06 into the extra frame of Game 6. Kane’s OT-goal helps beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, for Chicago’s first title since 1961. He beats Flyers goalie Michael Leighton with a shot, but it goes unnoticed until a video review after the next stoppage.

The officials look over the footage and give the goal to the Buffalo native. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is named the Conn Smythe winner for playoff MVP. Chicago would win two more Stanley Cups during the decade in 2013 and 2015.

Other Notable Events

1970: The Buffalo Sabres win a lottery with the Vancouver Canucks to see who gets first pick in the amateur, waiver and expansion drafts. Buffalo grabs Gilbert Perreault with the selection.

1971: Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau retires after winning his 10th Stanley Cup under a month ago. He netted 22 points in his final post-season. The Habs also appoint Scotty Bowman as the team’s head coach, who would win five Stanley Cups with the team.

1984: The Pittsburgh Penguins take Mario Lemieux with the top pick of the draft. Hall of Famers Patrick Roy, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille are also selected that weekend.

1993: Montreal wins its 24th Cup in a 4-1 Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Paul DiPietro scores twice and Roy wins the Conn Smythe as MVP.

2001: Ray Bourque ends his career by winning the elusive Stanley Cup for the Colorado Avalanche. Alex Tanguay scores twice as the Avs beat the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, in Game 7.

2003: Martin Brodeur gets his seventh shutout in the same playoff and third in the final as New Jersey wins Game 7, 3-0. The Devils get their record 12th home win of the playoffs to stop the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

2014: Jonathan Quick makes 32 saves as the Kings blank the New York Rangers, 3-0, in Game 3.

2016: Martin Jones stops 40 shots as the San Jose Sharks hold off the Penguins for a 4-2 Game 5 win. Melker Karlsson provides the game-winner for the Sharks.

2019: Tuukka Rask makes 29 saves as the Boston Bruins down the St. Louis Blues, 5-1, in Game 6 of the Final.

Happy Birthday to You

1951: Dan Labraaten

1954: John Paddock

1973: Grant Marshall

1988: Jason Demers

1992: Zach Hyman

1999: Michael DiPietro

2000: Barrett Hayton


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