CHICAGO – On a stormy night in Chicago, a modern-day dynasty was born. The Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions for the third time in six seasons and, in doing so, have earned their place in history.
The Blackhawks capped their first Stanley Cup win on home ice since 1938 with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 Monday night in a series that was far from an epic. But years from now, history will reflect on these Blackhawks as one of the most impressive aggregations of talent the game has ever produced. Read more
In case you were wondering which of Chicago’s players was the frontrunner to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this spring, Hawks star defenseman Duncan Keith gave you a reminder when he scored the first goal of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday.
The game was scoreless until late in the second period at United Center, when Keith took a pass from teammate Patrick Kane just inside Tampa Bay’s blueline, fired the puck on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop, then scored on his own rebound with 2:47 remaining in the frame: Read more
The goaltenders in the Stanley Cup final between the Blackhawks and Lightning aren’t regarded by the hockey community as the very best of the netminding community, but after Tampa goalie Ben Bishop stoned Chicago star Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 Monday, Hawks counterpart Corey Crawford made a stunning stop of his own, turning aside Bolts star Steven Stamkos on a breakaway early in the second period.
The heat has been on Stamkos during the Cup final, with the Tampa captain unable to score in his first five games against the Blackhawks. But despite being gifted with a breakaway less than one minute into the second frame, Stamkos was patiently waited on by Crawford and was unable to stuff the puck past the Hawks goalie: Read more
Ben Bishop almost certainly isn’t anywhere close to 100 percent healthy, but in making an incredible save on Hawks captain Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday, the Lightning goalie continued to show he doesn’t have to be in ideal condition to keep his team in an important game.
Bishop had already made several strong stops after Chicago came out strongly in front of their home crowd at United Center, but his right pad save on Toews – who had just received a slick pass from fellow Blackhawks star Patrick Kane – with some six minutes left in the fist period was spectacular: Read more
CHICAGO – Hockey players are remarkably adept at living in the moment. No matter how enormous that moment is. The Chicago Blackhawks are particularly good at it, but of course it’s easy to approach Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final like a February game against Carolina when you’ve been there twice before.
Many of the players on both teams insisted there will be no difference in their approach to Game 6 of the final. But how possible is it to do that? Lightning coach Jon Cooper, who never played in the NHL and is coaching in his first Stanley Cup final, figured it’s pretty well impossible, regardless of what the players were saying.
First, it was goaltender Ben Bishop whose status was questioned for Saturday’s Game 5. Now, winger Nikita Kucherov’s status for Monday’s Game 6 is up in the air. However, coach Jon Cooper said one third of the ‘Triplets’ line is “probable” for what could be the Stanley Cup-deciding game.
“Go in football terms,” Cooper said. “How do they go? Probable. I’ll go probable.”
That’s a slight upgrade, though; earlier Kucherov was said to “questionable” for Game 6. Like Bishop’s Game 5 status, much of Kucherov’s ability to play relied upon whether or not he would take part in the morning skate. He did, and now it appears he could play Monday evening. Read more
If you find yourself in Chicago Monday night and want to be inside the United Center for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, all you’ll need is at least $800 USD and enough stamina to remain standing for the entire 60-minute contest between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.
That’s right: a standing-room only ticket for Game 6 Monday evening is currently priced as low as $800 on the secondary market. And even those tickets are already moving. By 9:30 a.m. ET, the cheapest seat price available was more than $1,000 and inching closer to $1,100 with every passing moment. Read more
CHICAGO – On the day off before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was gracefully, patiently and insightfully answering questions, the same way he does in almost every NHL city and has done throughout the playoffs. At one point, a question was asked to nobody in particular when Lightning teammate Valtteri Filppula turned to Stamkos and said, “Go ahead, you’re on a roll.”
Stamkos, who has been bitten by a snake the size of a giant anaconda, wishes that were only the case on the ice. Should the Chicago Blackhawks prevail and win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, few people will remember how offensively unproductive Patrick Kane was in this Stanley Cup final. But the memory of Stamkos not scoring – at least that has been the case in the first five games – will probably not be erased so easily.