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Chicago celebrates Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27), of Sweden, hugs Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) after winning Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals 3-2 against the Boston Bruins, on June 24, 2013, in Boston.

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The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup after beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, on June 24, 2013, in Boston.

BOSTON - An hour has gone by, and the world still dances upside down. Victory is shock. Defeat is celebration. Boston fans sleepwalk to the exits like they expect to be shaken awake and told it was just a dream. Chicago players skate from hug to hug on rough and exhausted ice. Nobody can quite explain what just happened except to say, for better and worse, that it was unbelievable.

What did happen? The only way to recapture it is to feel the moment. Boston led this Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final by a goal as the last minutes melted away. But the lead might have been two goals or three goals or five, that was how thoroughly the Bruins had dominated the first period. This was a desperation game in Boston, this was to extend the season, and the Bruins played desperately in the opening frame -- 12 shots on goal, 13 shots blocked by frantic Blackhawks, seven more sailing high or wide, a barrage of chances, a storm. 

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Michal Handzus of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after his team defeated the Boston Bruins in Game Six of their NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey series in Boston, Mass., on June 24, 2013.

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Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate the win over the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final on Clark Street on June 25, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Fans celebrate on West Division Street in Chicago after the Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on June 24, 2013. The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the championship in Boston.