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BOSTON — An NHL-record unbeaten streak to start the lockout-shortened season.

Three straight victories to clinch the title.

From beginning to end, the Chicago Blackhawks skated away from the rest of the league.

Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 and the Blackhawks staged a stunning rally to win Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals 3-2 on Monday night for their second NHL championship in four seasons.

Jonathan Toews returned from injury to add a goal, and Corey Crawford made 23 saves for Chicago in the first final round between Original Six teams since 1979.

“I still can’t believe that finish,” Crawford said. “Oh my God, we never quit.”

South Buffalo’s Patrick Kane, whose overtime goal in Game Six beat Philadelphia to win the 2010 championship, was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoffs MVP.

“It was the best year of my life, just playing with these guys,” said Kane, who becomes just the fourth American-born player and third in a row to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Kane finished the postseason with nine goals and 19 points, ranking second in both categories. Teammate Patrick Sharp finished with 10 goals, while Boston’s David Krejci had 25 points.

Toews scored his third goal of the playoffs to tie it for the Blackawks at 4:24 of the second of Game Six – exactly two minutes after teammate Andrew Shaw was penalized for roughing.

“In 2010, we didn’t really know what we were doing,” Toews said. “We just, we played great hockey and we were kind of oblivious to how good we were playing.

“This time around, we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here and this is an unbelievable group. We’ve been through a lot together this year and this is a sweet way to finish it off.”

Boston, needing a win to extend the series to a deciding Game Seven, came out aggressively and led 1-0 after one period on Chris Kelly’s second goal of the playoffs. The Bruins outshot the Blackhawks 12-6 in the first period but the margin dropped to 18-15 through 40 minutes.

Each team got one of its best players back when Toews and Boston alternate captain Patrice Bergeron returned to the lineup after leaving the Blackhawks’ 3-1 win with injuries on Saturday.

Toews scored when he got past Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara along the boards in the neutral zone. Chicago’s captain skated up the right side and fired a hard shot from the right faceoff dot that beat goalie Tuukka Rask between his pads.

It was Toews’ second goal in three games. Of Chicago’s last 10 goals, Chara was on the ice for nine.

Boston right wing Jaromir Jagr was shaken up in the first period. He returned for the second but left the bench, and Tyler Seguin replaced him on the second line with left wing Brad Marchand and center Bergeron.

The play that led to Kelly’s goal began after a faceoff that rookie defenseman Torey Krug rushed in to tip toward a teammate. The puck went to Daniel Paille, standing about 40 feet on the left. He passed to Seguin, who caught the puck with his right glove in the slot and dropped it.

Seguin then passed to Kelly, who scored his second goal of the playoffs 7:19 into the game.

It came just seven seconds after a whistle stopped a scrum in front of the net that followed an extended period of pressure by the Bruins.

Just two minutes after the goal, Chicago had one of its best chances of the period when Michal Frolik skated in with the puck behind the defense and fired a 15-foot drive from the left, but Rask made the save.

Boston had another solid chance at 12:24 when Milan Lucic took a 15-foot shot from the slot that Crawford stopped. Lucic gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 12:11 of the third, fostering hope Boston could force a Game Seven just as it did when it won the Cup in 2011.

It didn’t happen. Bicknell tied it with the goalie pulled off assists from Toews and Duncan Keith.

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

“It was a shot from the point. Deflection, rebound, goal. A lot of plays happen like that,” Rask said.