Tag: Duncan Keith


Sweet home Chicago: Blackhawks are your 2015 Stanley Cup champions


CHICAGO — They’ve done it again.

But this time, they did it at home.

For the third time in the last six years — and for the first time in Chicago since 1938 — the Blackhawks ascended to the top of the NHL, beating Tampa Bay 2-0 on Monday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, winning the series four games to two.

Tonight’s game was, like every game this series, a thrilling affair with little separating the two teams. While the final didn’t go the full seven games and failed to feature a single overtime, the Bolts and ‘Hawks combined for one of the most tightly-contested championship series the NHL’s seen in a long time.

Perhaps that’s why it took a special play from a special player to decide it.

Duncan Keith, the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, scored the winning goal late in the second period on a terrific solo effort, picking up his own rebound before firing past Ben Bishop. That Keith scored the winner was fitting and cemented himself in Blackhawk lore; with the goal, he became the first ‘Hawk to score a cup-winning tally at home since Carl Voss beat the Maple Leafs at the old Chicago Stadium 77 years ago.

Keith wasn’t the only hero on the night, however.

Corey Crawford, outstanding in the latter half of this series, stopped all 23 shots faced for his first-ever Stanley Cup Final shutout. Over the final three games, the two-time Cup-winning ‘tender allowed just two goals, finishing with a sparkling .975 save percentage.

But there’s another side to Crawford’s heroics.

For as good as he was, the Bolts will have their regrets about failing to beat him. The NHL’s highest-scoring team during the regular season struggled to generate offense as the series progressed, and were shut out in tonight’s elimination contest — the first time they’ve been blanked in 19 games.

And it’s not like the Lightning were without their chances. Captain Steve Stamkos, who’ll undoubtedly face criticism after failing to score in the series, hit the crossbar in the first period and had a breakaway spectacularly saved by Crawford in the second.

As for the ‘Hawks, tonight’s win officially cemented them as the closest thing we’ve seen to a dynasty in the salary cap era. Sure, the group is going look different moving forward, and some familiar faces will say goodbye, but this collection of players has left an unforgettable mark on the city.

And that’s something that’ll never change.


Patrick Kane finally snapped his scoring slump in the third period, notching his first goal of the series on a nice Brad Richards pass… Keith became the fourth player to log over 700 minutes in a single postseason (since the NHL began tracking in ’98), joining Nicklas Lidstrom, Drew Doughty and Chris Pronger… Keith also matched Chicago’s franchise record for most points by a d-man in a single season, drawing even with Chris Chelios (21 pts, 1992)… The ‘Hawks continued their impressive run of protecting leads tonight — a perfect 33-0-0 when leading after two periods this year, including a 8-0 mark in the playoffs… Ben Bishop finished with 30 saves on 32 shots.

Video: Kane’s long-awaited goal might be the dagger

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

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.

Smythe-type snipe? Keith breaks Game 6 stalemate (Video)

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Four

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:

Blackhawks’ Keith among elite company for playoff assists


With one more assist, Duncan Keith would tie Bobby Orr for the fourth highest total for assists in one playoff by an NHL defenseman, which means he’s among elite company.

The 31-year-old Keith has 18 helpers in these playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks, who find themselves in a 2-2 series tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup.

According to the NHL, there are only four defenseman in league history with more assists in one playoff than Keith. That list includes Paul Coffey (25 in 1985); Al MacInnis (24 in 1989); Brian Leetch (23 in 1994); and Orr (19 in 1972).

With a maximum of three games remaining in this series, it may be too much for Keith to break Coffey’s record, set 30 years ago.

But the post-season Keith — already a two-time Stanley Cup champ and two-time Olympic gold medalist — has put together puts him into the conversation for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

It could be that Keith joins Orr for fourth all-time on the aforementioned list, and perhaps even passes him Saturday when the Blackhawks face the Lightning in Game 5.

Of course, Keith would probably prefer a win for his team.

The Victor: Hedman sets up Paquette’s goal (Video)

Tampa Bay Lightning v Arizona Coyotes

If you want a contrast between defensemen Victor Hedman and Kyle Cumiskey, merely watch the goal that put the Tampa Bay Lightning up 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3.

Hedman generated his second beautiful (and primary) assist of the night setting up this tally by Cedric Paquette, while Cumiskey was exposed on a rare shift:

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook rightfully get a lot of attention, yet the way the 2015 Stanley Cup Final is going, Hedman might just become a mainstream star. (He’s already a star to many, after all.)