Wednesday, June 9, 2010
LADD AND BLACKHAWKS WIN STANLEY CUP
It may be old hat for former Express Andrew Ladd, its not for Ladd's Chicago Blackhawk teammates.
The Maple Ridge native scored a second period goal tipping a Niklas Hjalmarsson slapshot in game 6 as the Hawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961 defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime of game 6.
This is the second Stanley cup championship for Ladd who won a cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in his rookie season in 2006.
For most of the third period it was looking as though Ladd's goal might stand up and be immortalized as being the cup winner for 2010. But that changed when Scott Hartnell's second goal of the game pinballed past Annti Niemi and forced overtime late in the third period.
Patrick Kane became the hero when he scored in overtime sliding a shot under Micheal Leighton.
Another Express connection to this Stanley Cup is that of Brent Seabrook whose younger brother Keith played 2 seasons with the Express from 2004 through 2006.
Click below to see Ladd's post game interview on Hockey Night in Canada.
Click below to see Ladd's second period goal.
Click below to see Patrick Kane's semi anti climatic Stanley Cup winning goal.