The road to the Stanley Cup: Blackhawks v Lightning
Although the Blackhawks defeated Tampa Bay in six games, the first five games were decided by a single goal. The Lightning's triplets line was virtually shut down by the Blackhawks defense and goalie Corey Crawford throughout the hard-fought series. Game 6 goals by Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane gave the Hawks their own triplets line of Stanley Cup trophies: 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Stanley Cup Final:
Blackhawks 2, Lightning 1
Game 1: June 3 at Tampa Bay
Recap: Teuvo Teravainen showed no rookie jitters in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final. The rookie sensation sparked a come-from-behind win for the Hawks, scoring the tying goal and assisting on Antoine Vermette's game-winner as the Hawks staked a 1-0 lead in the series. The Hawks scored both goals in the third period in 118 seconds and left the Lightning crowd stunned. Tampa Bay took the lead 4:31 into the game when Alex Killorn redirected a puck midair past Corey Crawford. The Lightning led the Hawks for over 40 minutes, before the Hawks stole a game one win.
John Dietz's stars of the game: Teuvo Teravainen, Antoine Vermette, Corey Crawford
Quote: "When I scored the goal, I think the first thing (I thought) was, 'Oh, no, I have to go do media right now.'" -- Teravainen, on his thoughts after scoring the tying goal.
Lightning 4, Blackhawks 3
Game 2: June 6 at Tampa Bay
Recap: Patrick Sharp committed two consecutive penalties in the third period and the Lightning capitalized on the second of those penalties to even the series at 1 apiece. Jason Garrison ripped a one-timer past Corey Crawford with 11:11 remaining for the game-winning goal. Each team scored two goals in an exciting second period, as the Lightning held a 3-2 lead. Brent Seabrook tied the game at 3 with a goal 3:38 into the third period. Garrison added an assist to go along with his game-winning goal.
Stars of the game: Lightning's Jason Garrison, Cedric Paquette, Victor Hedman
Quote: "Yeah, they both were unintentional. We were battling and I guess my stick came up (on Ryan Callahan) and clipped him. I didn't mean to do it. It happens. I'll take responsibility. It's tough to put your penalty kill in a situation like that." -- Patrick Sharp on committing two consecutive penalties.
Lightning 3, Blackhawks 2
Game 3: June 8 at Chicago
Recap: Ben Bishop overcame an injury (after the series it was revealed he played with a torn groin muscle) and made 36 saves as the Lightning stole Game 3 on the road. The Hawks came out guns blazing to start the game, shooting 18 times in the opening 16 minutes. For all their offensive might, the Hawks were held to a 1-1 stalemate after the first period. Brandon Saad scored 4:14 into the third period and gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. the lead was short lived, however, as Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds later to tie the game at 2. Cedric Paquette scored with 3:11 left to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the series.
Stars of the game: Lightning's Ben Bishop and Cedric Paquette, Marian Hossa
Quote: "If he's not OK, we should take advantage of it and just keep peppering the puck at the net like we did in the first period." -- Marian Hossa, on Lightning goalie Ben Bishops' apparent injury.
Blackhawks 2, Lightning 1
Game 4: June 10 at Chicago
Recap: Brandon Saad scored with 13:38 to play and the Blackhawks defense held on for a scrappy win to even the series at two games. Saad went five-hole on Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who filled in for Ben Bishop. Corey Crawford came up big for the Hawks, stopping two shots by Nikita Kucherov, four minutes after Saad's goal. Crawford also made two stops in the final minute to preserve the win. Jonathan Toews scored the opener and Duncan Keith blocked 4 shots in 29:07 on the ice.
Stars of the game: Duncan Keith, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford
Quote: "It feels like the stage gets bigger and the time of the game gets more critical, Saader's the guy you want on the ice and he's usually going to make the right play for us." -- Patrick Sharp on Saad's play in the playoffs.
Blackhawks 2, Lightning 1
Game 5: June 13 at Tampa Bay
Recap: The Hawks struck first when Patrick Sharp found himself with the puck in front of an undefended Lightning net, after Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman and goalkeeper Ben Bishop collided with each other 25 feet away from the goal. Tampa recovered and tied it up midway through the second period, but Kris Versteeg set up a game-winning shot by Antoine Vermette with 18 minutes left to give the Hawks the lead in the game and in the series.
Stars of the game: Niklas Hjalmarsson, Corey Crawford, Kris Versteeg
Quote: "I just know there was a collision. I found myself with a heck of an opportunity. So make sure you put that one in." -- Sharp on his goal-scoring play.
Blackhawks 2, Lightning 0
Game 6: June 15 at Chicago
Recap: The Hawks granted fans' wishes by clinching the Cup at home, with Conn Smythe trophy winner Keith scoring the first and winning goal near the end of the second period. Kane simultaneously secured the momentous victory and ended his scoring drought with a late goal, while Crawford made 25 saves behind a staunch Blackhawks defense to shut out the Lightning.
Stars of the game: Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane
Quote: "I was crying a little bit." -- Kimmo Timonen on how he felt after Kane made it 2-0.