Blackhawks beat Lightning for Third Stanley Cup in 6 Seasons
The Chicago Blackhawks topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 last night to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Duncan Keith scored the winning goal in the second period, and Patrick Kane all but sealed it with his third period goal.
While people will start to talk about dynasty, this season was anything but a smooth ride to the Cup. The Blackhawks struggled through inconsistent play and injuries throughout the season and finished third in their division, meaning they wouldn’t even have home ice in their opening series against the Nashville Predators. They prevailed against the Predators, swept the Minnesota Wild and beat the Anaheim Ducks in the Conference Finals.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 16, 2015
They also received a great stroke of luck before the playoffs even started as the L.A. Kings, the team who knocked out the Blackhawks in overtime of Game 7 of last year’s conference finals, missed the postseason altogether after suffering from a massive Stanley Cup hangover.
For the Lightning, on the other hand, losing in the Cup final is a tough pill to swallow, but looking back it has to be considered a great season. Since their 2004 title, they have been mired in irrelevancy including finishing dead last in points in 2008. However, they have one of the youngest teams in the NHL and already look to be ahead of the top two finishers in the Eastern Conference this year, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadians, so they will more than likely be picked as the favorite to make it out of the East again.
For posterity: locker room is still pretty much chaos at this point. No signs of slowing down. #BecauseItsTheCup
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 16, 2015