Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning will kick off the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. It’s been a long and difficult road to get to where they are now — including both teams winning tough Game 7s in the Conference Finals.
The Blackhawks and Lightning are the best of the best this season, but only one team can hoist the Cup. And in 2015, it’s going to be Chicago. Here are the six reasons I think the Blackhawks will defeat the Lighting in six games to win their third Stanley Cup in six years.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks dealt with Game 7 pressure in the same way they've handled just about everything during their incredible seven-year playoff run.
And after ending a remarkable Western Conference finals with a blowout victory, the Blackhawks get another chance to raise the Stanley Cup.
Toews scored two goals in the opening minutes, Corey Crawford made 35 saves and Chicago roared into the Stanley Cup finals with a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — The only history the Tampa Bay Lightning were interested in was what they would create.
Such as handing the New York Rangers their first Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden, which they did Friday night with their second straight 2-0 road victory behind Ben Bishop's 22 saves.
Such as heading to their second Stanley Cup final, where they will play Chicago or Anaheim, which will decide the Western Conference title Saturday night.
Such as going 9-0 when scoring first in this postseason, which they did when Alex Killorn slipped a backhander under Henrik Lundqvist early in the third period.
The NHL playoffs began on April 15. Two weeks later, we’re still in the first round round. Tampa Bay and Detroit will close it out when they meet for a Game 7 on April 29. After a long opening round, following a long 82-game regular season, you have to wonder: Is the NHL postseason really rewarding great hockey? Kid Reporter Evan Bergen-Epstein says “no.”
Most hockey fans consider the Stanley Cup to be the best trophy in sports. Of course they do. Measuring over 35 inches tall and weighing almost as many pounds, it’s by far the largest trophy in major pro sports. Such an award should only be given to a team worthy of the honor. The current NHL playoff format does not do that.
It’s been a long, cold season for hockey fans, but the wait is over: the NHL playoffs are finally here. Will the Chicago Blackhawks be able to mimic the Los Angeles Kings and capture the cup for the second time in three years? Or will an unlikely underdog emerge? While it is still too early to know for sure, the first-round action is critical for teams with any hopes of hoisting the Stanley Cup in just a few months. And it all begins tonight.
These are our predictions of the teams who will escape the first round unscathed:
Jets over Ducks in 7: The Jets have quietly been a very good team this year. A shaky goaltending situation will allow them to pull off the first round's biggest upset.
Eric Fehr believes that you should treat others how you would want to be treated – away from the ice, that is.
Fehr loves to frustrate other NHL teams’ top lines as the new checking center for the Washington Capitals. But in his free time, the Canadian teamed up with author Pamela Duncan Edwards to write a children’s book that combats bullying.
In The Bulliest Dozer, Bo Dozer becomes the “mean machine” at Ms. Crane’s Academy for Little Machines when he is unable to ice skate for a holiday concert on ice. He quickly learns, though, that bullying is something he shouldn’t do. Bo and his machine friends – like Lofty Forklift and Whippy Weedwacker – learn how bullying makes others feel and the importance of friendship.
Fehr recently spoke to SI Kids about the writing process, his favorite parts of being an author, and how his own tight-knit team plans to handle the coming NHL playoffs.