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Top 5 Goals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals

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Top 5 Goals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals

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The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals will go down as one of the most exciting match ups in the history of the NHL.

It pitted the top team of the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks, against a Boston Bruins team who appeared to be hitting their stride at just the right moment. It had a triple overtime thriller, defensive masterpieces and epic comebacks. The series had everything you could ask for and more.

It started with the notorious marathon match in Game 1 that ended when a Michal Rozsival shot from the point pinballed off Andrew Shaw and past Tuukka Rask as the clock struck midnight in Chicago. The free hockey continued in Game 2, but this time it was Boston's Daniel Paille's turn to send the folks home with a beauty that leveled the series at one game apiece.

After Rask shut the Hawks down in Game 3, an 11-goal outburst ensued in Game 4, appeasing the basketball fans who thought hockey wasn't exciting enough.

Just when it felt like the series was about to go the distance in Game 6, the Blackhawks kicked it into another gear, giving hockey fans the most exciting finish to a clinching game ever. The series quickly shifted from going seven games, to going to overtime, to being over in the blink of an eye. Their two goals in 17 seconds at the end of that game were closer together than any other game-tying and game-winning goals in Stanley Cup history.

The Blackhawks came out on top thanks to superior effort and gritty perseverance. They never gave up and earned the right to have their name etched in glory yet again.

Here are the top 5 goals from the series that was.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty,

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Andrew Shaw - Game 1 Winner in Third Overtime

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Andrew Shaw didn't do much other than get in the way for this one, but the fact this game lasted 110 minutes is why his goal was so special. A Michal Rozsival shot from the point caromed off Dave Bolland and Shaw before finding the back of the net, ending the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Finals' history.

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Michal Handzus - Game 4 Shorthanded Goal

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Despite the fact there were ten goals scored after this one, it was certainly the prettiest. With the Bruins on a power play, Brandon Saad forced a turnover and scurried down the ice before finding Michal Handzus for a short-handed blast off the post to beat Rask and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead in Boston.

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Daniel Paille - Game 2 OT Game-Winner

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Something about the puck ringing off the post before finding twine makes it that much more thrilling. Daniel Paille's Game 2 overtime winner did just that as he helped the Bruins level the series at one game apiece before heading back to Boston.

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Bryan Bickell - Game 6 Game-Tying Goal

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The next two goals on this list need little explanation. After the Bruins scored with just under eight minutes remaining it seemed like the epic series was bound to go seven games, but the Blackhawks had other ideas. Bryan Bickell did what he had done on so many occasions in the 2013 playoffs, burying the game-tying goal in Game 6 with just over a minute remaining.

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Dave Bolland - The Clincher

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Just 17 seconds after the Blackhawks leveled the score and the game appeared to be heading to an extra session, Dave Bolland found himself on the doorstep with the puck on his stick and a wide open net. He gave the Hawks the lead for good as they ended their 2013 season in the most grandiose of fashions.