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2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

Ten interesting numbers from the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run


As Chicago wakes up from last night’s celebration and we enter a period of reflection following the Blackhawks’ third Stanley Cup championship in six years, let’s take a look at some of the interesting numbers associated with that feat:

2002: The last time a team won the Stanley Cup for the third time within the span of six years. The Detroit Red Wings won it all in 1997, 1998, and 2002.

45: The number of playoff games Corey Crawford has won. He’s tied for the Blackhawks’ franchise record with Tony Esposito.

114: How many points Patrick Kane has recorded in his 116 career playoff games. He’s just 26 years old, but is already tied for 64th place on the all-time leaderboard.

7: How many active Blackhawks’ players have been around for all three of Chicago’s recent Stanley Cup championships (Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews). Justin Williams is the only active non-Blackhawks player with three Stanley Cup championships.

11: The size of the club Joel Quenneville joined by winning his third Stanley Cup as a head coach.

3: The number of Conn Smythe Trophy winners that got a point on Chicago’s Stanley Cup-winning goal (Duncan Keith, 2015; Patrick Kane, 2013; Brad Richards, 2004).

33-0-0: Chicago’s record (regular season and playoffs) when entering the third period with the lead. The Blackhawks were also 33-3-0 when leading after 20 minutes.

4: Where Duncan Keith’s 2015 playoff run ranked when it came to total ice time recorded during a single postseason since 1998. Keith logged 715:37 minutes, which put him behind just Nicklas Lidstrom (2002, 717:01), Chris Pronger (2006, 742:55), and Drew Doughty (2014, 747:33).

1,213: The number of games (regular season and playoffs) Kimmo Timonen participated in during his NHL career. Last night he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time.

14: The number of Stanley Cup championships Scotty Bowman has won.

With three Stanley Cups in six years, let the ‘dynasty’ debate begin


CHICAGO — It’s hard to believe now, but in 2007, when John McDonough was named president of the Blackhawks, the franchise had devolved into an afterthought in the Windy City.

Monday at the United Center, right before Jonathan Toews hoisted the Stanley Cup for the third time in the last six years, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman proclaimed to the fans, “I’d say you have a dynasty.”

Funny what assembling a core of four future Hall of Famers — Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Marian Hossa — can do for a franchise’s fortunes.

Add secondary stars like Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, get a good coach, a smart general manager, draft well, develop well, throw in a little luck, and the result is the first team worthy of the “dynasty” label in the salary-cap era.

“We’ve had to fight through some things, but it was worth every second of it,” said McDonough, speaking to reporters at center ice while the players and their young families celebrated around him.

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“To see these guys mature into young adults, into grown men. Most of our guys when I started here were single. Now there’s babies all over the place.”

There will be those who question whether these Blackhawks are truly a dynasty. They haven’t won four straight Cups, like the Montreal Canadiens did from 1975-79, or the New York Islanders from 1980-83. They haven’t won five in seven years like the 1980s Oilers. Twice in the past six years Chicago has been eliminated in the first round.

When asked to weigh in on the dynasty debate, Kane replied, “I don’t know what that means. We’ve got three in six years. I know that’s pretty good.”

Similarly, general manager Stan Bowman deferred to others.

“I don’t think that’s really for me to say,” he said. “That’s really for other people to make those proclamations. All I know is that we’ve got an amazing group here, they’ve accomplished a lot together, and I’m really proud of the effort they’ve given year after year. It doesn’t always go your way, but they’ve accomplished quite a bit and we’re not finished.”

Bowman has another tough summer ahead. The Blackhawks won’t be back in their entirety next season. Some will be forced out due to the salary cap. That’s the “reality” of the situation, as Johnny Oduya put it. That reality is why the likes of Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer, and Antti Niemi are playing elsewhere now.

“I think we’re going to enjoy this one for a bit,” said Bowman. “I’ve been thinking of that stuff for a long time. It’s not like it’s going to surprise me. We’ll make it work. We’ve got a plan in place. That’s really for another day. Right now we’re pretty thrilled with this whole scene in here.”

Fair enough.

A decade ago, the Blackhawks were playing games before a half-empty arena, an Original Six franchise ignored.

Monday, they kicked off one of the great sports celebrations in this city’s history.

They deserve to enjoy it.

Video: Timonen finally gets to raise the Stanley Cup

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

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:

WATCH LIVE: Game 6 of Stanley Cup Final – Lightning at Blackhawks


Will tonight be the night?

The Chicago Blackhawks shoot for the third Stanley Cup victory of the Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane era and all the dynastic conversations that would come with it if they can take Game 6.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to shake off their growing list of bumps and bruises to force a for-all-the-marbles Game 7 back home.

Tonight’s contest brings plenty of weather jokes since both markets are experiencing storms:

There’s also a noteworthy (and/or highly specific?) historic stat for each side:

Either way, Game 6 airs on NBC, while NBCSN carries coverage before and after the contest. You can stream it all via the NBC Sports Live Extra links below:

Pre-game (NBCSN)

Game 6 (NBC)

Post-game (NBCSN)

It’s ‘easy to daydream,’ but ‘Hawks need to stay focused


TAMPA — They’ve hoisted it in Philadelphia and they’ve hoisted it in Boston. But one thing this current version of the Chicago Blackhawks has never done is raise the Stanley Cup at home in front of their rowdy fans at the United Center.

They’ll have an opportunity to do just that on Monday.

“Never been in this spot,” said coach Joel Quenneville after Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Lightning at Amalie Arena. “I’m sure it will be crazy over the next two days in town. The buzz will be off the charts.”

The challenge, of course, will be to stay focused. The Lightning have been great on the road in these playoffs. Nobody’s expecting them to roll over.

“It’s easy to daydream sometimes and all of a sudden completely snap out of it when you’re thinking of winning the Cup and hoisting the Cup and all the things that come with it,” said ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews.

“We’ve gotta try to get those thoughts out of our head and just focus on the task.”

History shows that teams in the Blackhawks’ position usually end up winning:

But then again…

Most recently, the Boston Bruins trailed the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in the 2011 final before winning the final two games.

And, of course, back in 2004, the Lightning themselves trailed the Flames 3-2 before taking Game 6 in Calgary and returning home to hoist their first and only Cup in franchise history.

“We’ve been in this position before just a month and a half ago in the Detroit series,” added Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “This team has found a way. That’s why we are where we are right now.”

In the closest Cup final in NHL history, where each game has been decided by one goal and there have been three victories by the road team, the Blackhawks may have gained the advantage Saturday, but this remains anyone’s series.