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Jonathan Toews says the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks were "oblivious" to how well they were playing on the way to capturing the Stanley Cup. The 2013 Cup took some more thought. "This time around we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here," the Blackhawks captain said after the Blackhawks beat Boston in six games to claim their fifth NHL title. It also took more work for general manager Stan Bowman to rebuild from scratch. Salary-cap constraints meant saying goodbye to goaltender Antti Niemi, left-wingers Andrew Ladd and Kris Versteeg, forward/defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and others. Bowman simply changed his roster on the fly, watching draft picks like goalie Corey Crawford, forwards Bryan Bickell, Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland blossom, signing defenceman Michal Rozsival and trading for centre Michal Handzus and defenceman Johnny Oduya. The result was a championship that he has his fingerprints on. "Its hard to win and you have to make some changes, sort of retool a little bit," Bowman said. "Im proud of everybody. Its been a long road to get here and this is sort of the culmination of a lot of hard work for a lot of people." Bowman, named for the Cup by his legendary father, Scotty, was around the trophy plenty throughout his life. Even though Scotty won it nine times, that never devalued the long road of getting there. "Hes a calm guy. I think he realizes how tough it is," Scotty Bowman said. "Thats the thing about the Stanley Cup is its so tough to win that when you do win it, youre delirious." Perhaps not delirious, but coach Joel Quenneville was more candid than usual as he stood on the ice at TD Garden while his players posed for pictures with the trophy that already has his name on it once. "Its always the greatest feeling in the world," Quenneville said. "Once you do it, you cant wait to do it again. The stories, the ups and downs and the process of trying to win a Cup, thats what makes it so special." The Blackhawks only had eight players back from that 2010 Cup team: Toews, Conn Smythe-winner Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson. The core group, led by Toews, Kane, Sharp and Keith, lost in the first round in 2011 and 2012. Chicago ran into a Vancouver Canucks team that was one win away from the Cup and then a hot goaltender in Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes. "I thought we had two good lessons to learn," Quenneville said of those playoff exits. "The core put it all into place. Those guys that were there before, their guidance, their leadership at critical times made the difference." It wouldve been easy for Bowman to be reactionary and fidget with his core after not winning a playoff series in the two years following a championship. But the hockey lifer wisely chose to maintain the course. "I knew we had a very good team here," he said. "We do an analysis and break it down and there were so many good things that happened that you dont want to throw everything out the window." Instead, Bowman tweaked around the edges. Draft picks like Crawford, Bolland and Bickell from the previous regime under Dale Tallon turned out, mixing well with Saad, Andrew Shaw and those Bowman and his scouting staff selected. "The fact that Stan had to make so many decisions right after we won makes this one even sweeter," Sharp said. "He decided (to keep) myself and a couple of other guys around. I feel proud to be part of this organization and to win it again." Even after watching as the Blackhawks started the season with an NHL-record 24-game point streak, Bowman wasnt satisfied. His final move was to get Handzus from the San Jose Sharks before the trade deadline, and the 36-year-old was the second-line centre and the first player to get the Cup from Toews on Monday night. Handzus could immediately appreciate what it all meant. "It shows its great core here, a lot of leaders," he said. "The guys they brought in, they play great. I was the last guy, but I was just trying to fill in. The whole year, they play great." This championship was all about a changing roster and consistent performance this season. The Blackhawks became the first Presidents Trophy winners to also capture the Stanley Cup since the 2008 Detroit Red Wings. Kane said before the Cup final that he and his teammates wanted to thank Bowman for not blowing up the core. Even with the increased pressure that came with the streak and the most points in the NHL, the Blackhawks got it done. "I think its pretty much the same group as last year with maybe a couple differences," he said. "We wanted to prove ourselves all year, especially to maybe our own organization that kept us together, that were here, we can do some special things." . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. . Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players wont be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury. . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Rich Hill, considered one of the top free-agent starters on the market, is closing in on a deal to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPNs Jim Bowden and multiple reports.?The left-hander, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the non-waiver trade deadline Aug. 1, was a key for the Dodgers down the stretch and on into the postseason.The potential deal, first reported by MLB Networks Peter Gammons, is believed to be for three seasons and more than $40 million. The Dodgers have not confirmed the potential deal, which would lock up one of their key free agents this offseason. The Dodgers continue to negotiate with third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen.Hill, who will turn 37 in March, would be the Dodgers projected No. 2 starter behind staff ace Clayton Kershaw. He won three of his six regular-season starts with the team and posted a 1.83 ERA. He then delivered a 3.46 ERA in three postseason starts, winning Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.When acquired by the Dodgers from the As, along with outfielder Josh Reddick, Hill was on the disabled list because of a blister issue on the middle finger of his left hand. He then developed another blister issue while rehabbing the initial problem.ddddddddddddHe eventually made his Dodgers debut on Aug. 24, and was not scored upon during his first three starts. In fact, on Sept. 10 at Miami, Hill pitched seven perfect innings before he was removed from the game as a precaution after throwing 89 pitches. The Marlins broke up the perfect game and no-hitter an inning later against reliever Joe Blanton.It was the second time during the 2016 season that manager Dave Roberts removed his pitcher during a no-hitter. He also removed Ross Stripling from his major league debut after 7 1/3 no-hit innings at San Francisco, with the bullpen again unable to finish off the feat.Hill is 38-28 over his 12-year major league career, posting a 4.10 ERA in 221 career games. He was used mostly as a starter by the Cubs after making his major league debut in 2005 and before becoming primarily a reliever in 2010.After being cut loose by the Washington Nationals in spring training of 2015, Hill went to the independent Long Island Ducks, where he returned to a starting role. He eventually ended the 2015 season by making four starts with the Boston Red Sox, before signing with the As prior to the 2016 season. 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