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Western Conference final team capsules: Chicago Blackhawks

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Here’s a rundown of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Blackhawks, who captured the playoffs’ first overall seed thanks to a 36-7-5 regular-season record.

58th appearance 4 Stanley Cup titles (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010)

Studs:

  • Patrick Sharp: 7 goals (T-lead in NHL)
  • Bryan Bickell: 5 goals on 18 shots, 35 hits (T-lead on team)
  • Brent Seabrook: GWG in Game 7 vs. DET, 35 hits (T-lead on team)
  • Duncan Keith: 1 goal, 8 assists
  • Johnny Oduya: 23 blocked shots (leads team)
  • Corey Crawford: 8-4, 1.70 GAA (2nd in NHL), .938 save% (3rd in NHL), 1 shutout
  • Team: 6-1 at United Center
  • Team: 97.6% on penalty kill, 40-for-41 (leads NHL)
  • Team: 98 takeaways (leads NHL)

Duds:

  • Jonathan Toews: 1 goal, 5 assists, -2 … but has won 56.0% of faceoffs (2nd in NHL)
  • Brandon Saad: 0 goals on 27 shots
  • Dave Bolland: 1 assist, -2
  • Marcus Kruger: 35.3% on faceoffs (3rd-worst in NHL)
  • Team: 47.6% on faceoffs (13th in NHL)

Stanley Cup winners with 2010 Blackhawks (8 players, 2 coaches):

  • Dave Bolland, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews (captain, Conn Smythe winner), Joel Quenneville (head coach), Stephane Waite (asst)

Cup winners with other franchises (1 coach):

  • Jamie Kompon (asst, 2012 Kings)

Seeking first Cup, have played or coached one+ playoff game this postseason (14 players, 1 coach):

  • Bryan Bickell (name not etched), Brandon Bollig, Daniel Carcillo, Corey Crawford, Ray Emery (back-up goalie), Michael Frolík, Michal Handzuš, Marcus Krüger, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsíval, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Viktor Stålberg, Mike Kitchen (asst)

Seeking 2013 postseason debut:

  • Sheldon Brookbank (26 regular-season games), Adam Clendening (0), Klas Dahlbeck (0), Jimmy Hayes (10), Carter Hutton (1), Henrik Karlsson (0), Shawn Lalonde (1), Jamal Mayers (19), Steve Montador (0), Jeremy Morin (3), Dylan Olsen (0), Brandon Pirri (1), Ben Smith (1), Ryan Stanton (1)

Most career playoff …

  • Games: Marian Hossa, 142
  • Goals: Marian Hossa, 41
  • Points: Marian Hossa, 108

Last playoff …

  • Hat trick: Jonathan Toews, May 7, 2010 (vs. Canucks, Game 4, WCQF)
  • 4-point game: Duncan Keith, April 21, 2011 (at Canucks, Game 5, WCQF)
  • Short-handed goal: Michael Frolik, May 3, 2013 (vs. Wild, Game 2, WCQF)
  • Fight: Brandon Bollig, April 19, 2012 (Paul Bissonnette, vs. Coyotes, Game 4, WCQF)
  • Shutout: Corey Crawford, May 7, 2013 (at Wild, Game 4, WCQF)

Milestones:

  • With six points, Patrick Kane (61) will tie Dennis Hull for 7th on the all-time points list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With one point, Jonathan Toews (56) will move into 10th on the all-time points list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With six goals, Patrick Sharp (29) will tie Jeremy Roenick for 5th on the all-time goals list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With two goals, Patrick Kane (22) will tie Kings head coach Darryl Sutter for 10th on the all-time goals list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With one power-play goal, Jonathan Toews (11) will move past Jeremy Roenick for 3rd on the all-time PPG list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With four wins, Corey Crawford (13) will move past Antti Niemi for 5th on the all-time goaltending wins list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • Joel Quenneville moved into 8th in all-time coaching wins (80) … needs two wins to tie Toe Blake (82) for 7th

Awards:

  • With the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time (1990-91) … that season, they were eliminated in the Norris Division semis (Minnesota North Stars)
  • Corey Crawford & Ray Emery combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltending tandem (97 goals allowed, 2.02 per game)

Biggest storylines of 2012-13 season & postseason:

  • “The Streak”: the Blackhawks set a new NHL record by going 24 games without a regulation loss (21-0-3) at the beginning of the season, from a win on Stanley Cup banner-raising night at Los Angeles on January 19, to a loss at Colorado on March 8 … the Blackhawks went 15-7-2 in the second half
  • Corey Crawford (19-5-5) & Ray Emery (17-1-0) each won 17+ games, and won the Jennings Trophy as the best goaltending tandem in the NHL … Emery set an NHL record by winning his first 12 decisions … only one other team had two 15-game winners: Anaheim (Jonas Hiller & Viktor Fasth)
  • Marian Hossa made an immediate impact after season-ending hit by Raffi Torres in 2012 playoffs
  • Brent Seabrook became the fourth defenseman to score an overtime winner in a Game 7 in Stanley Cup playoffs history (Leo Reise, 1950 Red Wings; Brad Park, 1983 Bruins; Darius Kasparaitis, 2001 Penguins), helping the Blackhawks come back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the first time in franchise history, vs. DET

Award finalists:

  • Presidents’ Trophy (won)
  • With the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time (1990-91)
  • William M. Jennings Trophy: Corey Crawford & Ray Emery (won)
  • Crawford & Emery combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltending tandem (97 goals allowed, 2.02 per game)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (Top rookie): Brandon Saad
  • Saad had 27 points (T-4th among rookies) and was a +17 (best among rookies)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy (Top defensive forward): Jonathan Toews
  • Toews had 48 points (13th in NHL), was a +28 (3rd in NHL), won 59.9% of faceoffs (2nd in NHL)
  • Jack Adams Trophy (Top head coach): Joel Quenneville
  • Quenneville led the Blackhawks to their second-ever Presidents’ Trophy (36-7-5 record)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Best sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability): Patrick Kane
  • Kane had 55 points (5th in NHL), 23 goals (T-5th in NHL) and only 8 penalty minutes
  • Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award (most influential team captain): Jonathan Toews

Lightning lament Game 6 effort, Cooper doesn’t blame disallowed goal

TAMPA, FL - MAY 24:  Brian Boyle #11 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reacts after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final with a score of 5 to 2 during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to sleepwalk through the first two periods of Game 6, and waking up in the final frame wasn’t enough to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On the bright side, at least the Lightning aren’t in denial about that weak first 40 minutes.

It seemed like everyone on the team more or less admitted as much in unison.

Brian Boyle added that he felt like the Lightning tiptoed around this game. Jon Cooper often provides great quips, yet he was pretty matter-of-fact in this case.

Many will linger on this disallowed goal for Jonathan Drouin, which would have provided a 1-0 lead for Tampa Bay in the first period.

Let’s face it; that moment came pretty early in the game. To Tampa Bay’s credit, they’re not pinning the loss on that setback.

Now they must set their sights on competing throughout Game 7 … and maybe earning some bounces of their own in the process.

Read more about Game 6 here.

Penguins force Game 7 after holding off Lightning rally

TAMPA, FL - MAY 24:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with his teammates Sidney Crosby #87 after scoring a goal against Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Behnken/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins played with fire late in Game 6, but they also showed plenty of fire in beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.

With that, this thrilling Eastern Conference Final will go the distance with Game 7 on Thursday.

There are at least a few “What if?” scenarios to consider, especially for the Lightning.

What if that offside goal counted?

Jonathan Drouin played some fantastic hockey on Tuesday, yet his most memorable moment came via something that ultimately “didn’t happen.” An offside call on a goal review kept a 1-0 lead from happening for Tampa Bay:

Instead, the Penguins poured it on during the first period and eventually went up 1-0. They then carried that momentum over through the second period, adding two more goals to go up 3-0 heading into the final frame.

What if Tampa Bay played more like they did in the third period?

The difference between the level of play in the first 40 minutes and the final frame were night-and-day.

Now, you can make a chicken-and-the-egg argument here. Did the Penguins take their feet off the gas with that lead? Maybe Jon Cooper finally unleashed the hounds when the Lightning were facing a big deficit?

Maybe it’s a combination of those factors; either way, the Bolts couldn’t come all the way back even after making it interesting. At one point the game was 3-2 before a Bryan Rust breakaway goal and an empty-netter put things out of reach.

Both Matt Murray and Andrei Vasilevskiy faced plenty of tough chances and came through more often than not. We’ll see if there are any goal controversy rumblings, but each netminder came through at times tonight.

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Now the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 with a Stanley Cup Final on the line. Excited and/or nervous yet?

More: Great goals by Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.

Sidney Crosby scores a superstar goal

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With the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season on the line in Game 6, plenty of eyes are on big guns Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Phil Kessel.

Those marquee names are really coming through so far as they’ve now built a 3-0 lead through two periods against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

You likely already saw Kessel’s display of high-end hand-eye coordination (if not, check it here). Kris Letang scored his first goal of the series to make it 2-0 on a very tricky, well-placed shot.

The highlight really might be Crosby’s tally, though. He left multiple Lightning players baffled and beat a very-much-game Andrei Vasilevskiy to beef that lead up 3-0.

Video: Phil Kessel displays incredible hand-eye coordination on goal

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This has been a tough postseason for Phil Kessel haters.

The supposed “choker” is on a team that’s in the Eastern Conference Final, but Kessel obviously isn’t just in for the ride with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored his 18th point in 17 postseason games by scoring the 1-0 goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.

(Watch that goal in the video above.)

It was a dramatic first period, with a Jonathan Drouin goal getting disallowed and Andrei Vasilevskiy making some huge saves on tough chances.

Can Pittsburgh protect this slim lead with 1-0 down one period? We’ll see, but either way, what a great postseason for Kessel.

Update: Here’s the goal Kessel accidentally “scored” for the Lightning:

Ouch.