On Monday night at the United Center in Chicago, the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. That win gave Chicago their third Stanley Cup championship in the last six seasons. It was the first time they had won a Stanley Cup on home ice since 1938.
Now, many people are saying that the Blackhawks are a modern day dynasty because they have been so dominant in the last few seasons. They have at least made it to the Western Conference finals five out of the last seven NHL seasons. Players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Corey Crawford have been the foundations of a consistently good team.
On the other side of things, losing the Cup wasn’t a complete loss for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have lots of young and talented players who will only get better as time goes on. Players like Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette, Alex Killorn, and Nikita Kucherov are just a few of the names that are on their way to becoming NHL greats. Tampa Bay will only work harder in order to reach the ultimate goal and will most likely not let a win slip through their grip when being so close in a series.
As for the 2014-2015 NHL season, it was another great one. Lots of teams had surprisingly good and surprisingly bad seasons as the year progressed. The current offseason will bring much excitement to the league as trades will begin to happen; the NHL Draft will take place on June 27 and 28, and free agency begins on July 1. There is a lot to look forward to even when there is no hockey being played. Until October, fans can only wait and see what their favorite team may accomplish throughout the summer months.