There are a lot of things that make Jonathan Toews a special captain.
One of them was on display at TD Garden after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman handed Toews the trophy.
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After lifting it and kissing it and skating with it for a few seconds, Toews began looking for those veterans who had never won the Cup and thought they never might win the chance to hold it.
Toews gave the Cup first to Michal Handzus, then Jamal Mayers, then Michal Rozsival, and they all appreciated the gesture.
When the Hawks won in 2010, Toews first gave the Cup to Marian Hossa and Brent Sopel.
"I think they felt there were a few guys at the end of their careers and they might want to be at the front of this celebration," Rozsival said. "Tazer is a great captain and he knows. He right away called for all these guys, so I guess the old dinosaurs got it first, then the rest of the team."
Rozsival proved to be a critical off-season acquisition by general manager Stan Bowman, one that flew under the radar because of the lockout. He finished the playoffs plus-9 with 4 assists in 23 games.
"I've played a long time and I was thinking I might never be able to get this far," Rozsival said. "Right now, to be able to be here and call yourself a Stanley Cup champion is an amazing feeling. It's something when you start your professional career you always dream about."
Once the Hawks got back to the Stanley Cup Final, they were determined not to lose.
"This group is unbelievable," Jonathan Toews said. "This time around, we realized a little bit more how tough it is to get here. We didn't want to waste this opportunity.
"It's a special group. Those guys worked like dogs. We had great players sitting out every day that didn't get to play. Those guys sacrificed."
Toews and Patrick Kane are now tied with one Conn Smythe Trophy each.
"It's a great competition to have," Toews said. "It's very special. We both feel that the important one is the big silver one, so we're pretty happy about that.
"It's much deserved," Toews said of his pal winning. "There are a lot of guys in that room that could have won that. I don't think there's anyone better than him. The way he played down the stretch. We wouldn't be here without him. He's a (heck) of a player.
The Bruins still don't know how they managed to lose Game 6, surrendering 2 goals in the last 1:16 while trying to hold a 2-1 lead.
"It's a tough way to lose, tough way to lose a game, tough way to lose a series," Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara said.
"Tough way to lose, for sure," coach Claude Julien said. "You're a little over a minute left and you feel you've got a chance to get to Game 7, and then those 2 goals go in quickly."
Center David Krejci felt like the Bruins gave the game away.
"I felt like we had it, you know?" Krejci said. "We had Game 7 in front of us. It was right there. We gave it to them, basically."
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron revealed after Game 6 that he had a broken rib and cartilage and muscle damage from Game 5.
Bergeron also said he sustained a separated shoulder in Game 6.
"It's tough to put words to describe how we're feeling right now," Bergeron said. "You work so hard to get to this point to give yourself a chance to get the Cup and you feel like you're right there and you have a chance to force Game 7.
"It hurts. You've got to give credit to Chicago, they played a great series, but at the same time it's the last thing you want to say, it hurts to see them hoisting the Cup."
Bergeron said there was concern about his spleen being damaged as well.
"It's the Stanley Cup Final and everyone is banged up," Bergeron said. "It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt. That's why we had to go to the hospital, but everything was fine.
"It was just the ribs and muscle and soft tissues. I would have liked to have stayed in it, but I was going through a lot of pain."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville admitted he was taken aback by the question put to him after Game 4 if he was considering starting Ray Emery over Corey Crawford, who had allowed 5 goals in the overtime win.
"I got a question the other day which kind of was surprising, who's going to play your next game," Quenneville said. "It was obvious who's playing our next game because he was the reason we were playing the next game."
Just the facts:
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was minus-5 in the series.