For the third time in six years, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup. Game 6 ended with the Hawks beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0, with the game-winning goal coming from Mr. Conn Smythe himself, Duncan Keith.
Off a pass from former Star Brad Richards, Patrick Kane sent in the final
Chelsea dagger late in the third period.
Despite a frantic final few minutes, the Lightning couldn't pull off a comeback. They left the ice after the Greatest Tradition in Sports, and Chicago got busy celebrating its first Stanley Cup win at home in 77 years.
News also came out that Ben Bishop was playing with a torn groin, and Tyler Johnson battled through a broken wrist. Say it with me: Ow.
Bishop on torn groin: "I can't feel much anyway right now. Just unfortunate. Didn't feel good out there, but was able to get through it."— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 16, 2015
And finally, here's Kimmo Timonen hoisting the Cup—because even though we were on #TeamGetMorrowACup, it's nice to see a guy like Timonen get his turn.
Feel free to relive it all as we wait impatiently for October. [NHL]
Besides that whole Stanley Cup thing, there was plenty of other stuff going on in the hockey world yesterday. The Stars signed the best name in hockey, Jyrki Jokipakka, to a two-year contract extension and officially brought Jeff Reese on as the team's goaltending coach.
Jim Nill spoke with Mark Stepneski about both things, and added a few interesting comments on the offseason. [Stars]
"As far as the free agent market, we have gone through our meetings and can't say there is anybody that really jumps out at you for what the investment is going to be money-wise."
It's officially official that Jussi Rynnas will be in the KHL next year.
It's official: Former Stars goaltender Jussi Rynnas has signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) June 15, 2015
If you're having trouble keeping track of what else the Stars might do this offseason, the Dallas Morning News has helpfully put together an "Offseason Central" with all the information your heart desires. [DMN]
Mike Heika also has the five best free agent signings in Stars history. [DMN]
Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight asked early yesterday whether this Blackhawks group counted as a dynasty. He said yes before the Game 6 win. Pretty hard to argue now. [FiveThirtyEight]
The Stanley Cup had a pretty tough day yesterday. Along with getting stuck in inclement weather, it also had to go through airport security.
SportsLogos.net put together a graphic showing the jerseys that each team has worn when raising the Stanley Cup. Fun fact: The Stars are one of three teams to have the Cup while wearing their alternate jerseys. [SportsLogos]
While we're looking at fun graphics, the Chicago Tribune put one together that shows how goalies' gear has changed over the years. (Ed Belfour appearance included.) [Chicago Tribune]
Also at the Chicago Tribune, a heart-wrenching article about former Blackhawks great Stan Mikita and how his struggle with dementia has taken his memories of hockey. The story also touches on the family's stance on CTE and their decision not to pursue any sort of lawsuit. [Chicago Tribune]
Nearly four years after the Lokomotiv plane crash, families of 11 of the hockey players killed in the accident are receiving a fraction of the compensation sought by their attorneys. [The Moscow Times]
And finally, the NHL 16 trailer was released yesterday.