For the third time in the past six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions. Defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games of the seven game series, the Blackhawks came back from a 2-1 deficit, outscoring the Lighting by four goals over the last three games.
Game 4 was highlighted by the defensive prowess of the Blackhawks, which they’ve been showing all season. The defensive units held offensive weapons Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos of the Lightning to only three shots on goal. The Blackhawks out shot the Tampa Bay by seven shots, putting two of them into the net (Kane and Keith).
This season the Chicago Blackhawks gave more credit to the old saying “defense wins championships” as they were second in the NHL with 2.3 scores against per game. The Blackhawk goalies held an astounding save percentage of 93% during the regular season and were able to maintain a similar mark at 92% during the post-season. The goalie play is even more impressive when considering that the defensive units allowed almost four more shots per game than they did during the regular season.
The Blackhawks hoisting the trophy above their heads one more time is truly an ode to coach Joel Quenneville. In seven seasons with the Blackhawks, Quenneville has three championships, a regular season win% of 59%, and a postseason win% of 62%. Before his arrival, Chicago had won one Stanley Cup since 1962. Since his arrival, the Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cups since 2010.
This team has showed they are not only a flash in the pan, but have become one of the marquis franchises of the modern NHL. Behind coach Joel Quenneville, superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago fandom, this team has become the face of the National Hockey League.
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