Good Morning Hockey Fans! The 2014-15 NHL hockey season is officially over. The Chicago Blackhawks are your 2015 Stanley Cup Champions. Already, the dynasty word is being thrown around this morning. Whether you’re a Blackhawks fan or not, winning three Stanley Cups in six years is a pretty impressive feat. Especially, during the salary-cap era.
So, what do we do with ourselves for four months until the regular season begins again?
One theme that emerged from the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals was how the Lightning shut out Jonathan Toews ( 1g-2a—3pts) and Patrick Kane (1g-2a—3pts) through six games both players combined scored a (2g-4a—6pts). For the Lightning, Steven Stamkos was virtually invisible scoring (0g-1a—1pts).
Even though the Kane (11g-12a—23pts) and Toews (10g-11a—21pts) were held in check by the Lightning during the Stanley Cup Final, they still ended as the Blackhawks leading scorers during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Later this week, I am sure we’ll find out who was injured during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So far, we’ve found out that two Lightning players played hurt during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson had a broken wrist and Ben Bishop had a torn groin. (Puck Daddy)
Get those duck boats ready, the victory parade is scheduled for Thursday. (NHL.COM)
This time, Blackhawks celebrate Cup with their fans (NHL.COM)
Here’s some of the top stories making the rounds in the hockey world.
Stanley Cup Final News
Garrison: Losing Stanley Cup ‘stinks, pretty much’ (NHL.COM)
Lightning’s special season ends in Game 6 of Stanley Cup final (www.tampabay.com)
Lightning’s Stamkos ends Cup final scoreless (www.tampabay.com)
WATCH: Blackhawks’ Crawford shuts down Stamkos on breakaway (CSNCHICAGO.COM)
Keith caps Conn Smythe performance with game-winning goal (Yahoo.com)
Chicago’s Kimmo Timonen will retire a champion with Chicago Blackhawks (sports.yahoo.com)
Blackhawks shut out Lightning for another Stanley Cup title (Associated Press)
With three Stanley Cups in six years, let the ‘dynasty’ debate begin (Pro Hockey Talk)
Cooper: ‘This is going to leave a scar, no doubt’ (Pro Hockey Talk)
Corey Crawford wins a second Stanley Cup the hard way — he earned it (Chicago Sun-Times)
Blackhawks win third Stanley Cup in six seasons (Chicago Sun-Times)
Ten interesting numbers from the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run (Pro Hockey Talk)
Other Hockey Stories
Minnesota Wild: One Month Without Hockey (The Hockey Writers)
Dear Ron Hextall: Say No to Phil Kessel (The Hockey Writers)