How The Blackhawks Made It Back To The TopBarry Petchesky6/25/13 9:21amFiled to: chicago blackhawksnhlstanley cuppatrick kanejonathan toewsstan bowmanappic265EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Chicago Blackhawks, the first two-time champions in the NHL's salary-cap era, could tell you better than anyone: It takes an entire team to win a Stanley Cup, but nothing is possible without the right core.AdvertisementWhen Chicago won this thing in 2010, it seemed for all the world like there wouldn't be a sequel. The Hawks were right up against the cap, and that summer, they had to let too many key pieces go. Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, and Kris Versteeg were traded; Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet were allowed to sign elsewhere. But this wasn't a reboot for GM Stan Bowman, who deserves all the credit in the world; it was just a reload.Three years later, and it's clear that these are, holistically and psychically, the same Blackhawks. It's still Toews and Kane, and Hossa and Sharp and Bolland, and on the blue line Keith and Seabrook and Hjalmarsson. And yes, it's still coach Joel Quenneville, who somehow survived a pair of first-round playoff exits playing under a GM who didn't hire him.AdvertisementLast night's game-tying goal was the goal. Dave Bolland's winner was the sort of deflection that's been going Chicago's way all series, and seemed almost inevitable with the way the air had already been taken out of the TD Garden. But Bryan Bickell's put-home with 1:16 remaining, as much as one single play can, summed up how the Blackhawks got back to the finals, and how they won it.It starts with Patrick Kane, carrying the puck through four Bruins to hurl a shot on goal. Kane, one of the least physically imposing stars in the league, fears no one and no situation. He simply had enormous balls all series, and he's done everything right these playoffs en route to his first Conn Smythe. Last year we dubbed him the potential face of American hockey; we're counting down the days until Sochi.