2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals

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After two thrilling series that each went down to the deciding seventh game, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks will start to battle on Wednesday night, June 3rd.

 

The Chicago Blackhawks earned a spot in the Stanley Cup finals for the third time in six seasons by defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 5-3, on Saturday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals at Honda Center, winning the series 4-3. The game was mostly decided in the first period when the Chicago Blackhawks went up 2-0 in the game, reported nytimes.com.

 

As he has done countless times, Jonathan Toews, Chicago’s captain, led the way. Jonathan Toews set the tone early, opening the scoring 2 minutes and 23 seconds into the game and then scoring another quick goal on the power play. Jonathan Toews was definitely a factor to the Blackhawks win over the Ducks, announced nytimes.com.

 

“It helps when you’re along with those guys that have the same intangibles, the guys who have that experience in the playoffs,” Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks captain, said. “We feed off each other. There’s always that confidence in the group that somebody is going to step up, and we’re going to find a way,” reported bleacherreport.com.

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning earned a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning have not made the finals since the 2003-04 season, when they won the Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers to advance to the finals with a score of 2-0 on Friday, May 29th. The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York in a series victory of 4-3, reported nhl.com.

 

“Experience is a great thing to have, but you have to go through at one point or another to gain it,” Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightnings captain, said. “For us I think we’ve grown a lot as a team throughout these playoffs,” announced nhl.com.

The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Tampa Bay Lightning will Play for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday June 3rd, when the puck drops at 8:00 ET in Tampa Bay, reported sbnation.com.