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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane get a golden shower after winning the Cup. Of champagne, of champagne!
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane get a golden shower after winning the Cup. Of champagne, of champagne!

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, your 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. In case you missed it, the game ended in overtime on one of the weirdest goals you'll see, mostly because nobody knew it went in except Patrick Kane, the man who scored. Congrats again to Chicago - we hope we can join you soon.

Lindy Ruff With Bulldog: Still Plenty To Accomplish With The Sabres - WGR 550
Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff joined the Bulldog following a ceremony to announce the 2010 class for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The ex-Sabre player and current bench boss spoke about a range of topics, including the current Stanley Cup Finals and his team's first round loss to the Boston Bruins.

SABRES TO HOST NHL DRAFT PARTY ON JUNE 25 - Buffalo Sabres
Interested in watching the draft with thousands of your closest friends?

Finals Talk:

Kane OT goal breaks Hawks' Stanley Cup drought - NHL.com
Patrick Kane snapped home the OT winner as the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961, after a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

Toews named Conn Smythe winner - NHL.com
Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Three times a charm for Hossa - The Globe and Mail
Chicago’s Slovakian right-winger overcomes two past Stanley Cup disappointments

McKenzie: Thoughts on strange winning goal, Hossa and more - TSN
I don't want to say it was the most bizarre game-winning-goal I've seen in Stanley Cup Final overtime history. After all, I was there for Brett Hull's goal in 1999 against the Sabres, but in this one, the only people that really seemed to know for sure what happened were the Blackhawks.

Video: Champagne adventures of Blackhawks' Sopel, Versteeg - Puck Daddy
As the party continued on the ice at Wachovia Center, and the Chicago Blackhawks posed for photos and hoisted the Stanley Cup, bottles of champagne gradually made their way into the fray. Here's what defenseman Brent Sopel(notes) and winger Kris Versteeg(notes) did with their bubbly.

Chicago Blackhawks end 49-year Cup drought - ESPN
Eight months ago, Jonathan Toews talked about the Cup expectations hanging over Chicago's shoulders. On Wednesday night, the Captain & Co. delivered.

 

The Rest:

The other 14 teams - From The Rink
Lord Stanley will be in the house tonight. Before the puck drops, take a look back at the other 14 playoff teams and how we got to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Reports: Rob Blake to retire - NHL.com
According to an exclusive report on Comcast SportNet Bay Area, San Jose Sharks captain Rob Blake will retire.

On Kovalchuk, Nabokov and KHL - Fear The Fin
With Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly getting $40M+ offer to join KHL, could the next Russian with an offer sheet from a KHL club be our very own Evgeni Nabokov?

Signs your favorite player may be bankrupt - Down Goes Brown
We heard some surprising news from Ottawa today, with reports that Senators' winger Chris Neil is apparently bankrupt. Could it happen to your favorite player? Maybe. Just in case, here are some subtle signs that an NHL player may be broke.