Blackhawks Led To Stanley Cup By IHLC Champions

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In an era where hockey dynasties were considered extinct thanks to the salary cap, the Chicago Blackhawks defied the odds, winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons from the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

In a gritty, fluid and evenly-matched tilt, the Lightning and Blackhawks each pushed each other to the max, with tight games, sharp goaltending and two-way defence making the difference. Each game was won by a lone goal, with the Blackhawks finally winning two straight to win to take the title.

It took goals from playoff MVP Duncan Keith and from sharpshooter Patrick Kane to capture the title, with Keith’s rebound goal off a Kane feed in the second period being the game winning goal.ย Corey Crawford shone in net for the Blackhawks, earning the shutout over his counterpart, Ben Bishop, who endured a brutal finalย with multiple injuries, but still was still red-hot in goal.

The Blackhawks, able to win the Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938, boast ten players from four countries that have held the International Hockey Lineal Championship, including captain Jonathan Toews, and assistant captains Keith and Patrick Sharp.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bryan Bickell, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Scotty Bowman, senior advisor
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Stan Bowman, general manager
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Daniel Carcillo, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Corey Crawford, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kyle Cumiskey, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Scott Darling, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Andrew Desjardins, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kevin Dineen, assistant coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Pierre Gauthier, director
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Niklas Hjalmarsson, defence
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Mariรกn Hossa, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Patrick Kane, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Duncan Keith, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Mike Kitchen, assistant coach
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Marcus Krรผger, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Al MacIsaac, vice president
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Norm Maciver, assistant GM
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Joakim Nordstrรถm, forward
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Johnny Oduya, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Joel Quenneville, head coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brad Richards, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย Michal Rozsรญval, defence
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช David Rundblad, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Brandon Saad, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brent Seabrook, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Patrick Sharp, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Andrew Shaw, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Barry Smith, director
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Teuvo Terรคvรคinen, forward
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Kimmo Timonen, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jonathan Toews, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Trevor van Riemsdyk, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Antoine Vermette, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kris Versteeg, forward

Photo Credit: NHLย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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