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Patrick Kane, Blackhawks return to site of 2010 Stanley Cup triumph
PHILADELPHIA — Patrick Kane stood in a familiar corner of the Wells Fargo Center and knocked the puck into the net, then mimed throwing his gloves in the air and streaking down the ice in celebration.
No, there’s no plaque or banner commemorating Kane’s overtime goal that won the Stanley Cup in 2010. Philadelphia would rather not remember.
“I think there’s a poster of a law firm over there or something now,” Kane said.
For just the second time since they ended nearly five decades of futility on June. 9, 2010, the Blackhawks returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday to play the Flyers. Kane sat on the far wall of the visitors dressing room, next to Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp. When they first sat down before the morning skate, it quickly dawned on them that it was there that they sprayed champagne and celebrated the 2010 Cup.
“It’s kind of cool to be back and remember what happened,” Kane said. “I know it was a long time ago, but it feels like it was just yesterday. Any time you’re going to come back here, you’re going to have the memories of that night, for sure.”
Versteeg’s been here many times. He returned the following season as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, then was traded midseason to the Flyers, with whom he played 27 games.
“I remember coming back with the Leafs the first time,” he said. “It was really cool, remembering and reminiscing about everything that happened. Then I came and I played for Philly, so I got to see the characters on both sides. It was a great experience playing here, as well.”
Bryan Bickell has a different memory of that fateful night than most. A scratch that night, he and the other Black Aces were in the dressing room in full uniform late in the third period, ready to run on the ice and celebrate with their teammates. Then Scott Hartnell tied the game for the Flyers with 3:59 to go, and Bickell and the other scratches hid in the trainer’s room so their teammates wouldn’t see them during the overtime intermission.
Andrew Shaw couldn’t remember where he was on June. 9, 2010. He was still in juniors then. But he has his own lasting memory of Philadelphia. On Jan. 5, 2012, he made his NHL debut at Wells Fargo — scoring a goal and getting into a fight. He was one assist shy of the so-called Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
“I was going for the Gordie, but I couldn’t get it,” he said. “Lot of good memories, obviously. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
NOTES: Brandon Saad (upper body) and Michal Rozsival (lower body) didn’t make the trip. Joel Quenneville said Saad could “possibly” play Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues, but that Rozsival might miss “a few games.” … Antti Raanta will start for the Hawks, as Corey Crawford gets the home game against the Blues. The Flyers will turn to former Hawks goalie Ray Emery, who hasn’t had a start since before the Olympic break. Emery gave up six goals in a 7-2 loss at the United Center on Dec. 11. … Quenneville can become the third coach ever with 700 NHL victories with a win tonight.