10. Kane Able to Win Stanley Cup
Who knew? Michael Leighton didn’t. The goal judge didn’t. But Patrick Kane did. His wrist shot from barely inside the goal line extended slithered through Leighton’s goalie pads at 4:06 of overtime, providing the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 - and their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
In the first seconds, no one seemed to know the game was over. Leighton glanced around, searching for the puck that had lodged at the bottom of the far side of the net. The goal light never went on. But as Kane skated behind the net, he tossed up his stick, flung off his gloves and began to prance on his skates all the way to a center-ice rendezvous with his delirious teammates. "I think some of the guys were still kind of iffy to see if the puck was in the net," Kane said. Video replay confirmed it.
The Flyers led 2-1 in the second period before goals by Patrick Sharp and Alan Ladd put the Blackhawks up 3-2 heading into the third. But in the process of getting crushed by Jonathan Toews in front of the net, Scott Hartnell poked in a loose puck with 3:59 left in regulation. Not much later, Kane took Brian Campbell’s pass and scored to bring the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since the days of Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, ending the NHL’s longest championship drought. "This is the best feeling you can ever get," said Kane. Who knew?