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Five reasons Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 3:35 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Of the three Stanley Cup championships the Chicago Blackhawks have won during the past six seasons, the one they clinched with a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center on Monday was the most difficult and least probable.

The Blackhawks played most of the Cup Final using four defensemen; one of them, Johnny Oduya, told he played the final three games of the Stanley Cup Final with a torn elbow tendon.

Chicago's top forwards, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, were limited to one goal each in the six-game series by the Lightning defense.

The Blackhawks' four wins in the Cup Final weren't pretty, but they showed why they were the last team standing.

Here are five reasons the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup:

Five reasons Lightning lost Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 3:08 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Long - Correspondent

After a memorable run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks won Game 6 2-0 and the best-of-7 series 4-2. Each game was tightly contested, with neither team holding a lead of more than one goal until Patrick Kane scored at 14:46 of the third period in Game 6.

Here are five reasons the Lightning failed to win the Stanley Cup:

Penguins name Martin special assistant to coach

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 2:27 PM / News

The Pens will have a new "eye in the sky" for the 2015-16 season.

Jacques Martin, 62, will join head coach Mike Johnston's staff under the new title of special assistant to the head coach. His primary role will be to analyze games from the media level and provide instant observations to Johnston and his staff.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Martin said. "I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and management. Being closer to the team and provide feedback, use my experience from over the years, just giving them another opinion."

Martin was already a key asset to the coaching staff from a scouting and advisory perspective this past season. Martin pre-scouted opponents for the Penguins during the regular and postseasons to note tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. He provided these reports to the Pens’ coaches based on two facets.

To read more from the Penguins website, CLICK HERE.

Goalie matchup: Inside Game 6 for Crawford, Bishop

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 1:28 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

A big part of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final was the battle between 2013 Cup winner Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning. scouted the goalies before the series and tracked their performances each game, identifying attack trends and shot quality. Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, uses Double Blue Sports Analytics software to chart goals and shots in each game. Here are his findings from Game 6, a 2-0 Cup-clinching victory by the Blackhawks, as well as a shot quality overview of the entire Stanley Cup Final.

For all the questions Corey Crawford faced as the Chicago Blackhawks' No.1 goaltender, he has twice won the Stanley Cup. He faced more tough chances in the Stanley Cup Final than the Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy to win his second championship with the Blackhawks' 2-0 victory in Game 6 on Monday.

Crawford gives Blackhawks timely goaltending in Final

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 11:00 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

With his Tampa Bay Lightning trailing 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final and scoreless in Game 6, captain Steven Stamkos had a chance to give his team the lead and take some energy out of a raucous United Center on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stamkos, who had hit the post in the first period, found himself in on a breakaway 59 seconds into the second period. As Stamkos moved the puck from his backhand to his forehand, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford went down to the ice but kept his left leg anchored against the post. He saved Stamkos' initial shot attempt before the Lightning captain shot his own rebound off the post, keeping the game scoreless.

Crawford made 25 saves in Game 6, shutting out the Lightning in a Stanley Cup-clinching performance as Chicago won 2-0. Crawford made 80 saves on the final 82 shots he faced in the Cup Final, and with his 49th playoff victory on Monday tied Tony Esposito for first all-time in Blackhawks franchise history.

Sherbrooke's Roy hopes skill set helps him stand out

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 10:14 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- For a player to make their mark as a defenseman in the 2015 NHL Draft, they have to have a special set of skills to help them stand out from the crowd.

For Jeremy Roy of the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, it's his offensive game that will ensure his name is called early.

The 6-foot, 188-pound right-shot defender is No. 21 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Draft, free agency can keep Blackhawks contenders

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 9:00 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have been the NHL's best franchise in June for years, whether it has been winning the Stanley Cup three times in six seasons or building the core of championship contender through the NHL Draft.

If the Blackhawks are to stay on top after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, general manager Stan Bowman must correctly make some difficult decisions about the roster.

Thinking this is the end of the line for Chicago because Bowman might need to make some salary cap-induced trades ignores the process and culture he has helped establish. Even with the pending cap crunch, the Blackhawks are built to continue their success.

"We'll try to enjoy this for a little while, but we'll get it done. We always do," Bowman said. "Obviously I've been thinking about that as well, but we're trying to enjoy this win as well."

Blackhawks' Richards made Cup promise come true

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 8:50 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Brad Richards stood on the ice Monday surrounded by his family, a few feet away from the Stanley Cup, and thought back to the phone conversation that convinced him that signing with the Chicago Blackhawks last summer was the right move.

On the other end of the phone was Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville. There was some foreshadowing.

"The last thing Joel said when I hung up was, 'Come to Chicago, we'll win a Cup,'" Richards said. "He said it like three times in that conversation. He kept interrupting me, kept saying that, and I kept hearing that, thinking, 'How does he know that?'

Rantanen, Meier among top right wings for 2015 draft

Tuesday, 06.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Mikko Rantanen, who plays for TPS in Finland's top professional league, could turn out to be the next star Finnish forward to enter the NHL.

The last Finnish-born forward to be selected among the top 10 at an NHL draft was center Aleksander Barkov by the Florida Panthers at No. 2 at the 2013 draft. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Rantanen won't go that high at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., but it won't take much longer for his name to be called.

Rantanen, an alternate captain for TPS, had nine goals and 28 points in 56 games; he led all under-20 players in Liiga, Finland's top league, in points. He also had four goals in five games for Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He's No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters for the 2015 draft, but NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb said Rantanen is in a "class of his own at present in Europe."

Desjardins: It feels 'awesome' to be a champion

Andrew Desjardins - Special to

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins blogged for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In this final edition, he explains his emotions on winning the Stanley Cup after a 2-0 win in Game 6 at United Center on Monday.

CHICAGO -- All I can think about is just taking everything in.

I'm thinking about the process that it took to get to this moment, the amount of hard work that I don't think people understand, the group coming together and pushing in one direction, the leadership of the core group that have done this and really understood what it takes to get through this and pushed the guys that have never done this in that direction.

They made sure we kept the highs and lows perfectly even the whole way, and I think that went a long way.

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