Blackhawks blank Lightning to claim Stanley Cup
By Michael Hirtzer
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane gave Chicago all the offense they needed as the Blackhawks shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to win their third Stanley Cup in six years.
Keith banged in his own rebound late in the second period, giving goalie Corey Crawford all he would need for the win, and spoiling a fabulous effort by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop, who turned aside 30 Chicago shots.
A workhorse in a series where the scoring stars were largely held in check, Keith was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the playoffs.
Kane salted the win with just over 5 minutes left, taking a no-look pass from Brandon Saad to put Chicago up by a pair, and marking the first time in the razor-tight series that either team has held a two-goal lead.
"There were a few games that could have gone either way, and we found a way," Keith said in an on-ice interview.
Following Cup victories in 2010 and 2013, the win puts this edition of the Blackhawks into the rarified air of past great teams, particularly coming in an era of a salary cap and frequent player movement.
"That's three Cups in six seasons. I'd say you have a dynasty," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told a delirious Chicago crowd moments before presenting the Cup, which was delayed in arriving at the arena by weather and needed a police escort.
The celebration was made more special by it being the first since 1938 that the Blackhawks had clinched in Chicago. Continued...