Despite their unlikely surge through the playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night (June 9) in the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals. They did not go quietly, as they delivered a game-tying goal late in the third period and a few hard-hitting minutes of overtime before Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane blasted the puck between the legs of Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton from an absolutely impossible angle and tucked it into the back of the net for the final goal of the NHL season. It’s been a crazy year for Kane, who was also on the team that represented the United States at the Winter Olympics, so he now has a Stanley Cup win to go with his silver medal.
Along with the rest of his teammates on the Blackhawks, Kane will be getting his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup, the most iconic trophy in all of professional sports. It’s a special prize because there exists only one (unlike other sports, where a fresh trophy is made every year, so there are currently dozens of Lombardi Trophies out there) and it’s the same one that has been used since organized hockey was awarding prizes to champions. All of the greatest players in the history of the game — from Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux — have their names on the cup, and when official Stanley Cup handler Mike Bolt paid a visit to the MTV Newsroom (with the legendary trophy in tow), he gave us the rundown of the history of Lord Stanley’s famous prize.
So congratulations to the Blackhawks, who last won the Cup in 1961. It’s been a long time coming, and they certainly proved that they are the best team in hockey.