The online betting NHL season came to a conclusion on Wednesday night when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 by a score of 4-3 in overtime.
The Blackhawks were the Internet betting winners as they took the Stanley Cup four games to two.
Online betting odds favored the Blackhawks before the Stanley Cup finals began and the Blackhawks won four of the six games in the series. The Blackhawks won Game 6 in Philadelphia to clinch the cup and Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player. The game on Wednesday night had the highest rating for a Stanley Cup game in 36 years. It earned a 5.8 overnight rating and 10 share on NBC. That is the highest number since 1974 and up a whopping 41 percent from last year.
Chicago got the game winner on Wednesday night in overtime in the online betting contest as Patrick Kane scored past goaltender Michael Leighton at 4:06 to give the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Not many people knew the goal was in right away but Kane knew. Video replays confirmed that the goal hit the back of the net.
Chicago ended a 47-year drought without winning the Stanley Cup. Now the city of Chicago just needs to find a way for the Cubs to win. The Blackhawks had not won the cup since Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were playing for them. Kane scored the game winner and was the first player to score the clinching goal in the Stanley Cup Finals since Jason Arnott did it for New Jersey in 2000.
The online betting loss was crushing one for the Flyers. They have lost the Stanley Cup Finals six times since winning their last title in 1975. It was the second time they had lost the clinching game on their home ice. The Flyers had their chances but unlike the past series, goaltender Michael Leighton could not come up with the big saves. In the series, 40 goals were scored in the first five games and another seven were scored in the sixth game. That meant a lot of high scoring games for those that wagered on the total in online betting.