Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup at Home for First Time In 77 Years

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For the first time in 77 years, Chicago Blackhawks fans saw their hockey heroes win the Stanley Cup on home ice.

The Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years with a thrilling 2-0 Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night, the first time since 1938 that they captured a championship in Chicago.

Star winger Patrick Kane had a goal, his first of the Stanley Cup Final, and an assist on defense man Duncan Keith‘s goal to fuel the victory.

Goalie Corey Crawford was stellar with 23 saves, winning his fourth game of the Final in which he surrendered one goal or less. It was his second shutout of the playoffs.

Keith the tireless defenseman, who broke 700 minutes played in the postseason during the game, opened the scoring with a brilliant individual effort in the second period, his third of the postseason.

After the teams traded chances in a spirited second period, Keith finally broke through at 17:13 to give the Blackhawks the lead.

Brad Richards got the play going with a pass to Patrick Kane on right wing. He stopped at the top of the attacking zone, allowing Keith to enter with a head of steam. Kane fed Keith, and the defenseman fired the puck through Cedric Paquette, using him as a screen.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made the save, but left the rebound, assuming Keith would not be allowed to get to the net. But he blew past Paquette, Andrej Sustr was caught flat-footed near the crease, and Keith put the puck over Bishop’s glove to score the game’s first goal.

Late in the third period, it was Showtime:

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports – Greg Wyshynski

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