For the third time in the past six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are the owners of the greatest prize in hockey, the Stanley Cup. All three of their clinching games came in Game 6, but this time they won at home, hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time at the United Center and first time in Chicago since 1938.
The Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 to seal the deal. Duncan Keith opened the scoring late in the second period, before Patrick Kane slapped in the dagger late in the third off a beautiful pass by Brad Richards. It was the first time either team had a two-goal lead in the series.
Chicago is clearly the team of the decade and the closest thing to a dynasty in hockey today. A mixture of excellent drafting and shrewd free agent acquisitions and trades have put the Blackhawks in position to win three Stanley Cups.
However, the future for Chicago is not quite as sunny as their past. The salary cap monster is about to rear its ugly head this offseason, as this may be the last time this core group of Blackhawks play together. But, the same thing happened to the team after winning it all in 2010, and the rest is history.
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