After more than 1,000 regular season games and over 100 playoff contests, Kimmo Timonen finally raised the Stanley Cup.
It wasn’t the prettiest ride as he was a depth defenseman (and sometimes a healthy scratch) for the Chicago Blackhawks, but let’s go ahead and assume that the 40-year-old doesn’t really care about that after Chicago won it all in Game 6.
Witness the emotional moment when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews handed the greatest trophy in sports to Timonen:
Check out Timonen’s interview with Pierre McGuire:
Here’s a great piece on Timonen’s long run of being on the wrong end of big games like these.
One way this moment was unique for fans: Chicago got to celebrate the Cup win on home ice. Watch fans count down the final seconds and the initial reaction below:
Finally, here’s footage of the handshake line:
Much has been made about Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos struggling to score goals in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. As of this writing, only one of those players ended his frustrations in Game 6.
(Again, there’s some time though.)
For the first time in this remarkably tight series, a team managed more than a one-goal lead after Kane scored an emphatic 2-0 tally:
Kane had a great assist on Duncan Keith’s 1-0 goal, too, so it’s been a great game for No. 88. Again, we’ll see if the lead holds.
If the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2015 Stanley Cup, it’s widely believed that Duncan Keith will grab the Conn Smythe.
He greatly improved the odds of both by scoring the first goal of Game 6:
That’s a great individual effort by Keith, although Patrick Kane deserves kudos for a fantastic pass as well. Keith also hit a significant (if specific) milestone, as he became just the fourth skater to log more than 700 minutes of ice time in a single postseason:
Also, his 21st point represents a very nice mark in itself.
We’ll find out soon enough if Chicago can make its 1-0 lead hold.
That goal ended up being the game-winner as Chicago won its third title in six seasons. Note this interesting tidbit:
It was one of those moments that feels straight out of a sports movie. Instead, it ended up being an even more agonizing moment for Steven Stamkos than hitting another post in the first period.
The frequently frustrated Tampa Bay Lightning star was all alone against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during a breakaway opportunity in the second period of Game 6.
Remarkably, Stamkos even had the presence of mind to realize he could make an extra deke or two, a very rare thing with space at such a premium this time of year.
Stamkos made what seemed like a delirious move … but he still couldn’t score.
There’s still time for Stamkos to break his goal slump, yet he’s now staring at eight straight games without a goal (and just an assist in that span).
At least he isn’t the only frustrated player out there, mind you, as this game sure doesn’t feel like it should still be 0-0.
The Lightning have had some close calls, yet Ben Bishop was also forced to break up what seemed like a perilous odd-man rush himself.
Much like the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Carolina Hurricanes decided to bolster their depth with a Swedish Hockey League signing on Monday, adding forward Derek Ryan.
The Canes didn’t share financial details, but it’s a one-year, two-way contract. That obviously gives Carolina some flexibility with the 28-year-old in case he doesn’t pan out at the NHL level.
Ryan topped all Swedish Hockey League scorers in assists (45) and points (60) while winning MVP honors in 2014-15. He is actually a native of Spokane, Washington, but he plied his trade overseas first in Austria back in 2011-12. Last season represented his first year in Sweden.