Toews: Sweet finish to challenging year

Their record start and the President's Trophy added pressure the Hawks overcame. Harry How/Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Monday night that things were a little different than the last time they won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

"With the team in 2010, we didn't really know what we were doing," Toews told NBC after the Hawks clinched the Cup with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6. "We played great hockey and we were kind of oblivious to how good we were playing. This time around we knew definitely knew how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here. This is an unbelievable group. We've been through a lot together this year and this is a sweet way to finish it off.

"This is a nice finish not going back to Chicago (for Game 7)."

Patrick Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Award, also talked about the difficulties the team faced.

"Starting off the season like we did with so many wins, and the pressure of winning the President's Trophy and hanging onto that pressure all the way to the end, you're down 2-1 in the last minutes and then you come through with a win," Kane said on NBC. "It's unbelievable."