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Bruins, Rask fall to Blackhawks 3-2 with late flop

- Associated Press - Monday, June 24, 2013

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins and goalie Tuukka Rask were less than 80 seconds away from a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final.

Then it all fell apart.

Bryan Bickell beat Rask with 1:16 left to tie the game, Dave Bolland did it again with 59 seconds to go and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled off a stunning comeback for a 3-2 win on Monday night and their second Stanley Cup championship in four years.

The Bruins' bid for their second title in three years ended in a flurry that left them wondering what went wrong.

Rask had been brilliant for most of the playoffs. And he was outstanding again for most of Monday night's game. Then he got little help from his teammates as he let in two costly goals.

Bickell scored when he got behind forward Milan Lucic and tapped in a pass across the slot from Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.

Then Bolland put the game-winner past Rask when he converted a shot deflected by Michael Frolik that went off the left post.

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