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Stanley Cup Champions 2010-2016

Blackhawks win Cup three times; Kings are champs twice

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The Chicago Blackhawks have dominated the 2010s, ending a 49-year drought in 2010 en route to three Stanley Cup championships in a six-year span. The Boston Bruins ended a 39-year dry spell of their own in 2011, and the Los Angeles Kings broke through with the franchise's first Cup title in 2012 and followed with another in 2014. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the most recent Stanley Cup Final in 2016, earning the franchise's fourth championship.

 

2010 Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks ended a championship drought in thrilling fashion, winning their first Stanley Cup since 1961 on a Patrick Kane overtime goal. The Blackhawks' triumph capped a season in which the club registered franchise records of 52 wins and 112 points in capturing their first division title since 1992-93. They completed back-to-back 100-point seasons for the first time in 38 years and consecutive appearances in the Western Conference Final for the first time in 20 years. Playoff MVP Jonathan Toews tied a Blackhawks franchise record with 29 points in 22 games, matching the total of Denis Savard in 1985. Toews' 22 assists set a franchise record, eclipsing Savard's 20. Defenseman Duncan Keith was a standout performer despite losing seven teeth during Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against San Jose. Keith notched seven points and led the club in ice time in the Final (29:01 per game).

Video: 2010 Cup Final, Gm6: Hawks end 49-year Cup drought

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Jonathan Toews
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Jonathan Toews
Stanley Cup-Winning Goal: Patrick Kane (4:06, OT, Game 6)
Head Coach: Joel Quenneville 
General Manager: Stan Bowman

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Patrick Kane RW
Patrick Sharp RW
Jonathan Toews C
Duncan Keith D
Antti Niemi G

ROAD TO THE CUP

Conference Quarterfinals: Nashville Predators (4-2)
Conference Semifinals: Vancouver Canucks (4-2)
Conference Finals: San Jose Sharks (4-0)
Stanley Cup Final: Philadelphia Flyers (4-2)

 

2011 Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins captured their sixth Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1924-25 and first since 1972. The Bruins joined the 1945 Maple Leafs, 1971 Canadiens and 2009 Penguins as the only clubs to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on the road. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas set NHL records for most saves in one playoff year (798) and most saves in the Stanley Cup Final (238). He went 11-1 when facing 35 or more shots and became the first goaltender in NHL history to post a shutout on the road in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Brad Marchand tallied five goals in the Stanley Cup Final -- including a pair in Game 7 -- which tied the most by a rookie since NHL teams exclusively began competing for the Stanley Cup in 1927. Marchand matched Boston's Roy Conacher (vs. Toronto in the 1939 Stanley Cup Final).

Video: 2011 Cup Final, Gm7: Boston water, Vancouver ice

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Zdeno Chara
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Tim Thomas
Stanley Cup Winning Goal: Patrice Bergeron (14:37, 1st Period, Game 7)
Head Coach: Claude Julien
General Manager: Peter Chiarelli

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Patrice Bergeron C
David Krejci C
Brad Marchand LW
Zdeno Chara D
Tim Thomas G

ROAD TO THE CUP

Conference Quarterfinals: Montreal Canadiens (4-3)
Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia Flyers (4-0)
Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning (4-3)
Stanley Cup Final: Vancouver Canucks (4-3)

 

2012 Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings, competing in their 44th NHL season, captured their first Stanley Cup. The Kings joined the Anaheim Ducks (2007) as the only California-based champions and West Coast winners since NHL clubs exclusively began competing for the Stanley Cup in 1927. The Kings finished the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at 16-4 (.800), tied for the second-best championship run since all rounds became best-of-seven in 1987. The Kings were the first NHL club to take a 3-0 lead in games in all four series, went 4-0 in overtime and went 10-1 on the road, setting an NHL playoff record for the longest road winning streak in one postseason (10 games). The Kings become the first #8 seed since the conference-based playoff format was introduced in 1993-94 to capture the Stanley Cup. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick went 16-4 with a 1.41 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and three shutouts.

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Dustin Brown
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Jonathan Quick
Stanley Cup Winning Goal: Jeff Carter (12:45, 1st Period, Game 6)
Head Coach: Darryl Sutter
General Manager: Dean Lombardi

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Jeff Carter C
Anze Kopitar C
Justin Williams RW
Drew Doughty D
Jonathan Quick G

ROAD TO THE CUP

Conference Quarterfinals: Vancouver Canucks (4-1)
Conference Semifinals: St. Louis Blues (4-0)
Conference Finals: Phoenix Coyotes (4-0)
Stanley Cup Final: New Jersey Devils (4-2)

 

2013 Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in unprecedented fashion, scoring twice in a 17-second span in the last 1:16 to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory at Boston in Game 6 of the Final. Bryan Bickell tied the game at 18:44, followed by the Stanley Cup-winning goal by Dave Bolland at 19:01.Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane was at his best down the stretch, tallying seven goals in his last eight games of the postseason. He recorded his second career playoff hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against Los Angeles, including the series-clinching goal in double-overtime. The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win capped a season that started in record fashion. Chicago earned points in each of its first 24 games (21-0-3), smashing the NHL's longest previous season-opening streak of 16 games, and went on to post a 36-7-5 record in capturing the 2013 Presidents' Trophy as the League's top regular-season club.

Video: 2013 Cup Final, Gm6: Late goals propel Hawks to Cup

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Jonathan Toews
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Patrick Kane
Stanley Cup Winning Goal: Dave Bolland (19:01, 3rd Period, Game 6)
Head Coach: Joel Quenneville
General Manager: Stan Bowman

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Dave Bolland C
Patrick Kane RW
Jonathan Toews C
Duncan Keith D
Corey Crawford G

ROAD TO THE CUP

Conference Quaterfinals: Minnesota Wild (4-1)
Conference Semifinals: Detroit Red Wings (4-3)
Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings (4-1)
Stanley Cup Final: Boston Bruins (4-2)

 

2014 Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings captured their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. In an epic playoff run, the Kings clinched the Stanley Cup in their 26th game of the postseason, the most ever by a Stanley Cup champion; became the first team in NHL history to play the maximum 21 games en route to advancing to the Stanley Cup Final; went 7-0 when facing elimination in the postseason (the most ever by a Stanley Cup champion); won Game 7s on the road in each of the first three rounds; and became the second team in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one playoff year. In the First Round, the Kings became the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit when they rallied to beat San Jose. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez tallied the Stanley Cup-winning goal at 14:43 of double overtime in Game 5.

Video: 2014 Cup Final, Gm5: Kings dash NYR Cup hopes in 2OT

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Dustin Brown
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Justin Williams
Stanley Cup Winning Goal: Alec Martinez (14:43, 2OT, Game 5)
Head Coach: Darryl Sutter
General Manager: Dean Lombardi

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Marian Gaborik RW
Anze Kopitar C
Justin Williams RW
Drew Doughty D
Jonathan Quick G

ROAD TO THE CUP

First Round: San Jose Sharks (4-3)
Second Round: Anaheim Ducks (4-3)
Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks (4-3)
Stanley Cup Final: New York Rangers (4-1

 

2015 Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks captured their sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history, clinching the title on home ice for the first time since April 12, 1938. Playoff MVP Duncan Keith capped his postseason performance with the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Final against Tampa Bay, becoming the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and record the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in the same year since Henrik Zetterberg did so in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings (vs. Pittsburgh). Keith led all defensemen with 18 assists and 21 points during the playoffs. Only four defensemen in NHL history have collected more assists in one playoff year: Paul Coffey (25 in 1985 w/ EDM), Al MacInnis (24 in 1989 w/ CGY), Brian Leetch (23 in 1994 w/ NYR) and Bobby Orr (19 in 1972 w/ BOS).

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Jonathan Toews
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Duncan Keith 
Stanley Cup Winning Goal: Duncan Keith (17:13, 2nd Period, Game 6)
Head Coach: Joel Quenneville
General Manager: Stan Bowman

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Patrick Kane RW
Jonathan Toews C
Duncan Keith D
Brent Seabrook D
Corey Crawford G

ROAD TO THE CUP

First Round: Nashville Predators (4-2)
Second Round: Minnesota Wild (4-0)
Conference Finals: Anaheim Ducks (4-3)
Stanley Cup Final: Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2)

 

2016 Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins skated their way to a fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, capturing the title exactly seven years to the day after their triumph in 2009. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who finished the postseason with 6-13-19, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Defenseman Kris Letang scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against San Jose in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and factored on all four of Pittsburgh's game-winning goals during the series. Mike Sullivan, who replaced Mike Johnston behind the Pittsburgh bench Dec. 12, became the sixth head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after taking over midseason, while Jim Rutherford, who also won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, became the third general manager to capture the trophy with multiple teams.

Video: PIT@SJS: Crosby, Pens celebrate fourth Stanley Cup

KEY COMPONENTS

Captain: Sidney Crosby
Conn Smtyhe Trophy Winner: Sidney Crosby
Stanley Cup Winning Goal: Kris Letang (7:46, 2nd Period, Game 6)
Head Coach: Mike Sullivan
General Manager: Jim Rutherford

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Sidney Crosby C
Phil Kessel RW
Evgeni Malkin C
Kris Letang D
Matt Murray G

ROAD TO THE CUP

First Round: New York Rangers (4-1)
Second Round: Washington Capitals (4-2)
Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning (4-3)
Stanley Cup Final: San Jose Sharks (4-2)

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