Tampa Bay Lightning 0-0-0 0
Chicago Blackhawks 0-1-1 2
1st Period: No Scoring
2nd Period: CHI: Duncan Keith (17:13, Assists: Patrick Kane, Brad Richards)
3rd Period: CHI: Patrick Kane (14:46, Assists: Brad Richards, Brandon Saad)
With a 2-0 shutout victory in Game 6, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the 6th Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.
Despite the 3-2 series lead, both teams played each game as tightly as you can. Each of the series’ first five games have been decided by one goal, and no team has held a two-goal lead at ANY point in the series — that is, until Game 6 when Patrick Kane with just over 5:00 remaining gave chicago the first two-goal lead by either team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were the NHL’s highest-scoring team during the regular season, however, despite that high scoring average, they only managed two goals in their season’s final three games — two 2-1 losses in Games 4 and 5 and a 2-0 shutout loss in Game 6.
The Blackhawks stars played outstanding, and were the difference in Game 6.
Duncan Keith, and likely Conn Smythe Trophy Award winner, scored late in the 2nd period to break a 0-0 tie that gave Chicago momentum heading into the 3rd period. Chicago played a defensive first half of the 3rd period, but opened up about midway through. Eventually veteran Brad Richards — 2004 Stanley Cup Champion with the Lightning — helped contribute a primary assist and a beautiful pass to Patrick Kane to score the second goal that inevitably put the game on ice.
Click here for a full box score for the game and continue on for a recap of all of Game 6’s highlights:
The Blackhawks Failed to Cash in on 2 Separate Power Play Chances
The Chicago Blackhawks came out with a fast start in Game 6, but it was the Tampa Bay Lightning who eventually settled down and had some quality chances early. Despite issues in the previous game, Nikita Kucherov was in the Lightning’s starting lineup and had the best of Tampa Bay’s first period scoring chances.
The Blackhawks had two power play opportunities in the first period, but failed to score on each of them. Chicago had several juicy chances to break the scoreless tie (as seen in the GIF above), but came just shy each time. Time will tell if those few missed plays come back to the team in red some point later in the game.
Duncan Keith Broke the 0-0 Tie Late in the 2nd Period
Two-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman, and the best Blackhawks player in these playoffs, broke the 0-0 scoreless tie with 2:47 remaining in the 2nd period. He also set an impressive franchise record:
Keith has played an astounding 48% of Chicago’s minutes in the 2015 postseason. If the Blackhawks hold on and find a way to win, Keith will win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Patrick Kane Made it 2-0 Blackhawks Late in the 3rd Period
Thanks to a savvy pass from veteran center and free agent acquisition Brad Richards, Kane put up Chicago’s second goal of the game.
Corey Crawford continued to be a difference-maker. Late in the game the Lightning went on the power play — pulled Ben Bishop from the net for a 6-on-4 advantage — but Crawford answered the call. He had a .936 save percentage in the Final.
Preview: The Blackhawks Can Clinch Their 3rd Championship in 6 Seasons
The last time an NHL franchise won three Stanley Cup Championships in a span of six seasons was the Detroit Red Wings from (1997-2002 1997, 1998 and 2002) led by captain Steve Yzerman and future Hall of Fame blue-liner Niklas Lidstron.
The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 on Saturday night at Amalie Arena 2-1 to regain home-ice advantage and take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, the Blackhawks core has an opportunity to put their names beside some all-time greats as three-time Stanley Cup champions. to do that, they must win one more game. For the first time since this group of players was put together, they have an opportunity to clinch the stanley Cup on home ice at the United Center in Chicago.
Read on for Heavy’s continued preview and odds for tonight’s Game 6 here: