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Published June 10, 2010, 02:20 PM

Blackhawks beat Flyers in OT for first Stanley Cup since 1961

Kane's goal gives Chicago a 4-3 win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks fans waited 49 years for their team to win a Stanley Cup, so a little overtime only seemed fitting on Wednesday night.

Patrick Kane slid a bad-angle shot underneath Michael Leighton at 4:10 of OT to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and spark a long-awaited citywide party in Chicago. The Hawks made it interesting by squandering a 3-2 lead late in the third period before capturing their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

The Flyers led 2-1 until Patrick Sharp scored midway through the second period. Andrew Ladd made it 3-2 late in the middle stanza, and the lead held up until Scott Hartnell beat Antti Niemi with 3:59 remaining in regulation.

Kane won it with his 10th goal of the playoffs after setting up goals by Roseau product Dustin Byfuglien and Ladd.

Former UND standout Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Toews finished with seven goals and 29 points.

Leighton was terrific throughout most of the game while the Flyers were outshot 41-24. Hartnell scored twice for Philadelphia, which hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1975 and has lost its last six finals appearances.