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The Blackhawks had won two Stanley Cups in the previous five seasons, but 2015 Stanley Cup Final offered the group a chance they hadn't seen before: closing it out at home. In fact, you have to go back to 1938 to find the last time they hoised Lord Stanley on Chicago ice.
"That was our first chance to do that even though we won a couple before," Patrick Kane said of June 15, 2015. "We were excited."
Duncan Keith all but cemented his Conn Smythe Trophy win late in the second, scoring his third of the playoffs and 21st point overall. Kane fed the blueliner, who then followed up his own rebound for the game's opening goal at 17:13.
It meant everything in a low-scoring series that had not seen a single two-goal lead in the opening 17 periods of action -- all five games decided by just one decisive tally. That is until Game 6.
"Everyone thought it would be this really big offensive series. I think going into the Final I had 10 goals and I remember talking to 'Sharpy' (Patrick Sharp) and he was saying, 'You might end up with 16 or 17 goals.' And I didn't score til Game 6," Kane recalled laughingly. "It was a really tight series."
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That first Kane goal, though, was a big one, giving the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with just over five minutes left to play. Pandemonium erupted in the United Center.
"Chills running down your spine (when) you score a goal like that," Kane said. "I remember pointing to (Brad) Richards, he made a great pass obviously, but just pointing to him and sharing that moment with everyone was super exciting. Two goals, it doesn't seem like a lot but in that series we were on our way to winning on home ice."
As time ran out, for the first time in 77 years, the Blackhawks celebrated at home with 22,424 of their most passionate supporters.
"It was nice to do that in front of the crowd," Kane said. "Obviously the celebration after was amazing."