He then continued the tradition of handing it from player to player before the team settled to the side of the faceoff circle for a picture with the trophy they will possess for the next 12 months.
The Blackhawks opened the season on a 21-0-3 streak and coasted to the Presidents' Trophy that goes to the team with the best regular-season record.
But regular-season excellence has not translated into playoff success: Chicago is the first team with the best record to win the Cup since the 2008 Detroit Red Wings.
The Blackhawks went through Minnesota in five games and Detroit in seven, rallying in the Western Conference semifinals from a 3-1 deficit and winning Game 7 in overtime.
"We've been through a lot together this year and this is a sweet way to finish it off." The Bruins got 28 saves from Rask, who was hoping to contribute to an NHL title after serving as Tim Thomas' backup when Boston won it all two years ago.
"It's obviously shocking when you think you have everything under control," Rask said quietly, standing at his locker with a blue baseball cap on backward and a towel draped over his shoulders.Then, while the Bruins were settling in for another overtime in a series that has already had its share, Dave Bolland scored to give Chicago a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.The back-to-back scores in about the time it takes for one good rush down the ice turned a near-certain loss into a championship clincher, stunning the Boston players and their fans and starting the celebration on the Blackhawks' bench with 59 seconds to play. You still think you're going to overtime and you're going to try to win it there.They got through the defending NHL champion Los Angeles Kings in five games to return to the Cup finals, where Boston was waiting.The Blackhawks won the first game at home in three overtimes but dropped Game 2 -- another overtime -- and fell behind 2-1 in the series when it returned to Boston. The tightly contested finals -- with three games going a total of five overtimes -- may help fans forget the lockout that shortened the season to 48 games and pushed back the opener to Jan. That left the teams still playing ice hockey on a 95-degree day in Boston on June 24, matching the latest date in NHL history.Hockey is Canada's official national winter sport and perhaps its greatest contribution to world sport.Canada is considered the birthplace of ice hockey, and Canadians generally regard the sport as their own.The Chicago captain skated the Cup right over the crease in which the Blackhawks mounted the comeback and in front of the fans in Blackhawks sweaters who lined the front row behind the net.Toews banged on the glass while the remaining Bruins fans headed up the runways. Seventy-six seconds away from defeat and a trip home for a decisive seventh game, Bryan Bickell tied it. A second Stanley Cup victory in four seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks.