2015 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2015 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2014–15 season, and the culmination of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two to win their sixth championship in franchise history, and their third title in six seasons.

The Lightning, as the club with the better regular-season record, held home-ice advantage in the series. The best-of-seven series was played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, with Tampa Bay hosting games one, two, five, and seven (if necessary); and Chicago hosting games three, four and six. The series started June 3 and ended on June 15.[4][5]

Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane led the Stanley Cup playoffs in points scored with 23 points each.[6]

2015 Stanley Cup Finals
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123456 Total
Tampa Bay Lightning 143110 2
Chicago Blackhawks 232222 4
Location(s)Tampa: Amalie Arena (1, 2, 5)
Chicago: United Center (3, 4, 6)
CoachesTampa Bay: Jon Cooper
Chicago: Joel Quenneville
CaptainsTampa Bay: Steven Stamkos
Chicago: Jonathan Toews
National anthemsTampa Bay: Sonya Bryson
Chicago: Jim Cornelison
RefereesWes McCauley (1, 3, 5)
Kevin Pollock (1, 3, 5)
Kelly Sutherland (2, 4, 6)
Dan O'Halloran (2, 4, 6)
DatesJune 3 – 15
MVPDuncan Keith[1] (Blackhawks)
Series-winning goalDuncan Keith (17:13, second, G6)
NetworksCanada (English): CBC
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States: NBC and NBCSN
Announcers(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
(TVA) Félix Séguin, Patrick Lalime[2]
(NBC/NBCSN) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire[3]
(NHL International) Dave Strader, Kevin Weekes
Tampa Bay Lightning Game 6 Watch Party (18219067034) (cropped)
Amalie Arena before game 6

Paths to the Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning

This was Tampa Bay's second Finals appearance after winning the Cup in 2004. Since their win in 2004, the Lightning had lost in the Conference Finals in 2011 in seven games to the Boston Bruins. The Lightning were eliminated in the first round in 2006, 2007, and 2014.

The Lightning entered the 2014–15 season with major re-signings during the offseason including centre Tyler Johnson, wingers Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat, and goalie Ben Bishop. In free agency, Tampa Bay picked up centre Brian Boyle and defenceman Anton Stralman from the New York Rangers and Brenden Morrow from the St. Louis Blues. The team made two trades to bolster the defence, picking up Jason Garrison at the 2014 draft and Braydon Coburn just before the 2015 trade deadline.

Tampa Bay compiled 108 points (50–24–8) during the regular season to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. Centre and team captain Steven Stamkos finished second in goal-scoring during the regular season with 43 goals.[7] Earlier in the season, Head Coach Jon Cooper nicknamed the team's second line of Johnson, Palat and winger Nikita Kucherov as the "Triplets" because they were so in sync;[8] at the mid-season in January, the three players led the League in plus-minus.[9]

In the playoffs, the Lightning eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, the Montreal Canadiens in six games, and the New York Rangers in the Conference Finals in seven games. They became the first post-1967 expansion team to beat three Original Six teams on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and the only team in NHL history to face an Original Six team at every stage of the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Finals marked Chicago's third Final appearance in six seasons; having won the Cup in both 2010 and 2013. This was the team's 13th appearance overall, and they were seeking their sixth overall Cup championship.

The Blackhawks entered the 2014 offseason after being eliminated in the Conference Finals in seven games by the eventual 2014 Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Major free agent acquisitions during the offseason included centre Brad Richards and winger Daniel Carcillo from the Rangers.[10][11] Approaching the NHL trade deadline in early March, Chicago traded for defenceman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers,[12] centre Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes,[13] and centre Andrew Desjardins from the San Jose Sharks.[14]

Chicago finished in third place in the Central Division, earning 102 points (48–28–6). Goalie Corey Crawford tied the Canadiens' Carey Price as the William M. Jennings Trophy recipient for allowing a League-low 189 goals during the regular season.

In the playoffs, the Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games, swept the Minnesota Wild, and defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the Conference Finals in seven games.

Game summaries

Number in parenthesis represents the player's total goals or assists to that point of the entire four rounds of the playoffs

Game one

In game one, Tampa Bay struck first with a deflected goal by Alex Killorn at 4:31 in the first period. The Lightning nursed the lead into the third period with a strong conservative defensive effort, but Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 118 seconds apart to win the game 2–1 for the Blackhawks. By assisting on Vermette's goal, Teravainen became the second-youngest player (at 20 years and 265 days) in NHL history, after Jaromir Jagr had two assists in game one of the 1991 Finals (on May 15, 1991, at 19 years and 89 days), to have a multi-point game in the Stanley Cup final.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TB Alex Killorn (8) Anton Stralman (7) and Valtteri Filppula (9) 04:31 1–0 TB
2nd None
3rd CHI Teuvo Teravainen (3) Duncan Keith (17) and Andrew Shaw (6) 13:28 1–1
CHI Antoine Vermette (3) Teuvo Teravainen (5) 15:26 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Andrew Shaw Tripping 06:14 2:00
TB Jason Garrison Cross-checking 16:48 2:00
2nd TB Alex Killorn High-sticking 00:28 2:00
TB Bench (served by Steven Stamkos) Too many men on the ice 09:48 2:00
CHI Kris Versteeg Goaltender interference 13:28 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Chicago 7 6 8 21
Tampa Bay 10 8 5 23

Game two


Jason Garrison's power play goal at 8:49 of the third period proved to be the difference in Tampa Bay's victory in game two. Lightning starting goaltender Ben Bishop had left the game moments earlier for undisclosed reasons and was replaced with Andrei Vasilevskiy. Because he was on the ice during Garrison's winning goal, Vasilevskiy was credited with his first playoff victory, and became the first goalie to win a Finals game in relief since Lester Patrick helped the New York Rangers defeat the Montreal Maroons in overtime of game two of the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, 2–1.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TB Cedric Paquette (2) Ryan Callahan (4) and Victor Hedman (10) 12:56 1–0 TB
2nd CHI Andrew Shaw (5) Marcus Kruger (2) and Andrew Desjardins (3) 03:04 1–1
CHI Teuvo Teravainen (4) – pp Marian Hossa (10) and Patrick Sharp (9) 05:20 2–1 CHI
TB Nikita Kucherov (10) Jason Garrison (4) and Braydon Coburn (3) 06:52 2–2
TB Tyler Johnson (13) Nikita Kucherov (11) 13:58 3–2 TB
3rd CHI Brent Seabrook (7) Jonathan Toews (10) and Johnny Oduya (5) 03:38 3–3
TB Jason Garrison (2) – pp Victor Hedman (11) and Ryan Callahan (5) 08:49 4–3 TB
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Johnny Oduya Tripping 18:28 2:00
2nd TB Alex Killorn Hooking 04:26 2:00
TB Braydon Coburn Holding 09:24 2:00
3rd CHI Patrick Sharp Slashing 04:59 2:00
CHI Patrick Sharp High-sticking 07:17 2:00
TB Andrej Sustr Delay of game (puck over glass) 13:08 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Chicago 11 8 10 29
Tampa Bay 12 10 2 24

Game three

The series switched to Chicago for game three. There was some debate who would start for Tampa Bay, but regular starter Ben Bishop started the game for Tampa Bay. For the third time in a row, Tampa Bay struck first, on Ryan Callahan's slapshot goal at 5:09 of the first. Brad Richards tied it up on a power-play goal and the teams were tied after the first period. The first period was dominated by Chicago, who outshot Tampa Bay 19–7. The second period was dominated by Tampa Bay, which outshot Chicago 17–7, but there was no scoring. In the third period, Brandon Saad gave Chicago its first lead at 4:14, but Tampa Bay countered on the next shift on a goal by Ondrej Palat to tie the score once again. Late in the third period, Victor Hedman led a rush down ice for Tampa Bay and passed to Cedric Paquette who scored to put the Lightning ahead again. The Lightning were able to defend their lead to win the game 3–2 and take a series lead two games to one.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TB Ryan Callahan (2) Victor Hedman (12) and J. T. Brown (1) 05:09 1–0 TB
CHI Brad Richards (3) – pp Marian Hossa (11) and Andrew Shaw (7) 14:22 1–1
2nd None
3rd CHI Brandon Saad (7) Marian Hossa (12) and Duncan Keith (18) 04:14 2–1 CHI
TB Ondrej Palat (8) Nikita Kucherov (12) and Tyler Johnson (10) 04:27 2–2
TB Cedric Paquette (3) Victor Hedman (13) and Ryan Callahan (6) 16:49 3–2 TB
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Brandon Saad Cross-checking 08:12 2:00
TB Braydon Coburn Tripping 08:12 2:00
TB Braydon Coburn Hooking 12:42 2:00
2nd TB Nikita Kucherov Tripping 08:53 2:00
CHI Bryan Bickell Roughing 15:18 2:00
CHI Brandon Saad Goaltender interference 15:52 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay 7 17 8 32
Chicago 19 7 12 38

Game four

The Lightning chose to rest injured goaltender Ben Bishop for game four in favor of rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning protected Vasilevskiy with tight defensive play, allowing only two shots by the Blackhawks in the first period, which was scoreless. For the first time in the series, the Blackhawks scored the first goal, on a goal by Jonathan Toews at 6:40 of the second. Alex Killorn tied it for the Lightning at 11:47 and the game was tied 1–1 after two periods. In the third, the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad muscled his way to the goal and scored on a backhand past Vasilevskiy at 6:22 to put the Blackhawks ahead. The game's pace picked up as the Lightning tried to tie the score but the Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made several outstanding saves to shut out Tampa Bay the rest of the way. The win tied the series at two games apiece. It was the first time since 1968 that the first four Stanley Cup Finals games were all decided by one goal.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd CHI Jonathan Toews (10) Patrick Sharp (10) and Marian Hossa (13) 06:40 1–0 CHI
TB Alex Killorn (9) Valtteri Filppula (10) and Steven Stamkos (11) 11:47 1–1
3rd CHI Brandon Saad (8) Patrick Kane (11) 06:22 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Brent Seabrook Interference 09:10 2:00
TB Jason Garrison Interference 11:41 2:00
CHI Jonathan Toews High sticking 12:42 2:00
CHI Kimmo Timonen Hooking 16:33 2:00
TB Alex Killorn High sticking 19:08 2:00
2nd CHI Brent Seabrook Cross-checking 07:19 2:00
3rd TB Steven Stamkos Delay of game (puck over glass) 01:04 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay 9 8 8 25
Chicago 2 12 5 19

Game five


The series returned to Tampa for game five and Ben Bishop returned to the net for the Lightning. The Blackhawks scored first for the second consecutive game, this time on a miscue by Bishop and Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman. The two collided and Patrick Sharp skated to the empty net with the puck, scoring at 6:11 of the first, a lead they held until 10:53 of the second when Valtteri Filppula scored to tie the score 1–1. The teams were tied going into the third, but Antoine Vermette scored for the Blackhawks at 2:00 of third and the lead held up as the Blackhawks played tight defence the rest of the way. The Blackhawks took the lead in the series three games to two, to give themselves a chance to win the Cup at home, something the franchise has not done since 1938. For the second time in Finals history and the first since 1951, wherein all five games that had to be played went to overtime, all games of the series through game five have been decided by one goal, with neither team leading by more than one goal.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st CHI Patrick Sharp (5) Teuvo Teravainen (6) and Jonathan Toews (11) 06:11 1–0 CHI
2nd TB Valtteri Filppula (4) Jason Garrison (5) and Anton Stralman (8) 10:53 1–1
3rd CHI Antoine Vermette (4) Kris Versteeg (1) 02:00 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st None
2nd TB Cedric Paquette Hooking 00:47 2:00
CHI Brandon Saad Slashing 11:25 2:00
3rd TB Bench (served by Jonathan Drouin) Too many men on the ice 19:51 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Chicago 14 8 7 29
Tampa Bay 5 12 15 32

Game six


In game six, the teams were tied 0–0 after the first period. In the first period, Steven Stamkos put a shot off the crossbar and was stopped on a breakaway early in the second by Corey Crawford but it was the Blackhawks who scored first on a goal by Duncan Keith on a rebound of his own shot near the end of the second period to put Chicago ahead 1–0 after two periods. In the third period, the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scored on a pass from Brad Richards and play by Brandon Saad to put the 'Hawks ahead 2–0, the first two-goal lead of the series. The Blackhawks then frustrated the Lightning the rest of the way to win the game 2–0, a shutout for Crawford and the Stanley Cup championship. It was revealed after the game that the Lightning's goaltender Ben Bishop had played with a torn groin muscle since game two and Tyler Johnson was playing with a fractured wrist, injured in game one. This was also the first time since 1938, when they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth game of a best-of-five Finals at Chicago Stadium, and the first time at the United Center that the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on home ice.[15]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd CHI Duncan Keith (3) Patrick Kane (12) and Brad Richards (10) 17:13 1–0 CHI
3rd CHI Patrick Kane (11) Brad Richards (11) and Brandon Saad (3) 14:46 2–0 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st TB Cedric Paquette Tripping 08:35 2:00
TB Brian Boyle Roughing 13:53 2:00
2nd TB Ondrej Palat Elbowing 19:13 2:00
3rd CHI Andrew Desjardins Tripping 16:21 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay 4 7 14 25
Chicago 13 10 9 32

Team rosters

Chicago Blackhawks

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
29 Canada Bryan Bickell LW L 29 2004 Bowmanville, Ontario second (2013)
13 Canada Daniel Carcillo LW L 30 2014 King City, Ontario third (2010, 2013)
50 Canada Corey Crawford G L 30 2003 Montreal, Quebec second (2013)
26 Canada Kyle Cumiskey D L 28 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia first
33 United States Scott Darling G L 26 2014 Newport News, Virginia first
11 Canada Andrew Desjardins LW L 28 2015 Lively, Ontario first
4 Sweden Niklas Hjalmarsson D L 27 2005 Eksjö, Sweden third (2010, 2013)
81 Slovakia Marian Hossa RW L 36 2009 Stara Ľubovna, Czechoslovakia fifth (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
88 United States Patrick Kane RW L 26 2007 Buffalo, New York third (2010, 2013)
2 Canada Duncan Keith – A D L 31 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba third (2010, 2013)
16 Sweden Marcus Kruger C L 25 2009 Stockholm, Sweden second (2013)
42 Sweden Joakim Nordstrom C L 23 2010 Stockholm, Sweden first
27 Sweden Johnny Oduya D L 33 2012 Stockholm, Sweden second (2013)
31 Finland Antti Raanta G L 26 2013 Rauma, Finland first
91 Canada Brad Richards C L 35 2014 Murray Harbour, P.E.I. third (2004, 2014)
32 Czech Republic Michal Rozsival D R 36 2012 Vlasim, Czechoslovakia second (2013)
5 Sweden David Rundblad D R 24 2013 Lycksele, Sweden first
20 United States Brandon Saad LW L 22 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania second (2013)
7 Canada Brent Seabrook D R 30 2003 Richmond, British Columbia third (2010, 2013)
10 Canada Patrick Sharp – A LW R 33 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba third (2010, 2013)
65 Canada Andrew Shaw RW R 23 2011 Belleville, Ontario second (2013)
86 Finland Teuvo Teravainen RW L 20 2012 Helsinki, Finland first
44 Finland Kimmo Timonen D L 40 2015 Kuopio, Finland second (2010)
19 Canada Jonathan Toews – C C L 27 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba third (2010, 2013)
57 United States Trevor van Riemsdyk D R 23 2014 Middletown, New Jersey first
80 Canada Antoine Vermette C L 32 2015 Saint-Agapit, Quebec second (2007)
23 Canada Kris Versteeg LW R 29 2013 Lethbridge, Alberta second (2010)

Tampa Bay Lightning

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
30 United States Ben Bishop G L 28 2013 Denver, Colorado first
11 United States Brian Boyle C L 30 2014 Hingham, Massachusetts second (2014)
23 United States J. T. Brown RW R 24 2013 Burnsville, Minnesota first
25 United States Matt Carle D L 30 2012 Anchorage, Alaska second (2010)
55 Canada Braydon Coburn D L 30 2015 Calgary, Alberta second (2010)
24 United States Ryan Callahan RW R 30 2014 Rochester, New York first
27 Canada Jonathan Drouin LW L 20 2013 Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec first
51 Finland Valtteri Filppula C L 31 2013 Vantaa, Finland third (2008, 2009)
5 Canada Jason Garrison D L 30 2014 White Rock, British Columbia first
50 Latvia Kristers Gudlevskis G L 22 2013 Aizkraukle, Latvia first
77 Sweden Victor Hedman D L 24 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden first
9 United States Tyler Johnson C R 24 2011 Spokane, Washington first
17 Canada Alex Killorn C L 25 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia first
86 Russia Nikita Kucherov RW L 21 2011 Maykop, Russia first
42 Canada Jonathan Marchessault C R 24 2014 Cap-Rouge, Quebec first
10 Canada Brenden Morrow LW L 36 2014 Carlyle, Saskatchewan second (2000)
90 Russia Vladislav Namestnikov C L 22 2011 Voskresensk, Russia first
89 Russia Nikita Nesterov D L 22 2011 Chelyabinsk, Russia first
18 Czech Republic Ondrej Palat LW R 24 2011 Frydek-Mistek, Czechoslovakia first
13 Canada Cedric Paquette C L 21 2012 Gaspe, Quebec first
91 Canada Steven Stamkos – C C R 25 2008 Markham, Ontario first
6 Sweden Anton Stralman D R 28 2014 Tibro, Sweden second (2014)
62 Czech Republic Andrej Sustr D R 24 2013 Plzen, Czechoslovakia first
88 Russia Andrei Vasilevskiy G L 20 2012 Tyumen, Russia first

Chicago Blackhawks – 2015 Stanley Cup champions

The 2015 Stanley Cup was presented to Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following the Blackhawks' 2–0 win over the Lightning in game six.

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders
  • 1 Played both centre and wing.

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • W. Rocky Wirtz (Chairman/Governor), John McDonough (President/Chief Executive Officer/Alt. Governor), Jay Blunk (Exec. Vice President,
  • Stan Bowman (Vice President/General Manager), Al MacIsaac (Vice President of Hockey Operations), Norm Maciver (Asst. General Manager), William Scotty Bowman (Sr. Advisor Hockey Operations),
  • Joel Quenneville (Head Coach), Mike Kitchen (Asst. Coach), Kevin Dineen (Asst. Coach), Jimmy Waite (Goaltending Coach), Matt Meacham (Video Coach), Paul Goodman (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
  • Mike Gapski (Athletic Trainer), Troy Parchman (Equipment Manager), Jeff Thomas (Asst. Athletic Trainer), Pawel Prylinski (Massage Therapist), Jeff Heintzleman (Asst. Equipment Manager)
  • Pierre Gauthier (Director of Player Personnel), Mark Kelly (Sr. Director of Amateur Scouting),
  • Barry Smith (Director of Player Development), Ryan Stewart (Director of Pro Scouting), Ron Anderson (Director of Player Recruitment),
  • Tony Ommen (Sr. Director of Team Services), Mark Bernard (Director of Hockey Administration/Rockford(AHL) General Manager), Dr. Michael Terry (Head Team Physician)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Player Notes –
  • Antoine Vermette played 63 games for Arizona, 13 for Chicago, and 20 of 23 playoff games and played in the Final (qualified)
  • Andrew Desjardins played 56 games for San Jose, 13 for Chicago, and 21 of 23 playoff games, and played in the Final (qualified)
  • Trevor Van Riemsdyk – only played 18 games, eight games for Rockford (AHL), injured will playing in the minors (Wrist) – played four games in the Final (qualified)
  • Teuvo Teravainen – played 34 games for Chicago, and 39 games for Rockford (AHL), played 18 of 23 playoffs and played in the Final (qualified)
  • Kimmo Timonen played 16 games for Chicago. Traded to Chicago from Philadelphia Feb 27, 2015. He did not play for Flyers this season due to a blood clot. Dressed for game six of the Final (qualified)
  • Kyle Cumiskey – played seven games for Chicago, played nine playoff games, included for playing all seven Conference Final games, two games in the Finals (qualified).
  • Daniel Carcillo – included because of injuries, spent the whole season with Chicago only 39 games played, not dressed in the playoffs - with Chicago request.
  • Joakim Nordstrom – played 38 games for Chicago, 23 games for Rockford, played three playoff games, included for playing in one game in the Conference Final – with Chicago request.
  • Scotty Bowman won his 14th Stanley Cup 1973,76,77,78,79 (Montreal), 1991,92 (Pittsburgh), 1997,98,2002,2008 (Detroit), 2010,13,15 (Chicago).
Left off the Stanley Cup
  • Antti Raanta – played 14 games, and was dressed in 51 games for Chicago. He also played 11 games for Rockford(AHL). Raanta was sent to the minors on February 22, 2015, when Scott Darling was recalled. Raanta rejoined Chicago on April 12 but did not dress in the playoffs. Chicago did not request his name, so it was not included on the Cup since Raanta had spent time playing in the minors after the trading deadline.
  • D.J. Kogut (Equipment Asst.), Jeff Uyenko (Equipment Asst.) - All three were included in the team picture.
  • Clinton Reif (Asst. Equipment Manager) who died on December 21 was also left off. Reif is on the Cup with Chicago in 2010 and 2013.

Aftermath

In the following year, the Blackhawks lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues in six games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Eastern Conference Finals after their trip to the Finals. However, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

Television

In the U.S., the Finals were split between NBC and NBCSN, called by NBC Sports' lead commentary team of Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire; it was originally announced that games two and three were to be broadcast by NBCSN, with the remainder on NBC. Game two was moved to NBC to serve as a lead-out for its coverage of the 2015 Belmont Stakes in favor of game four on NBCSN.[16] As Olczyk was also a contributor to NBC's Belmont coverage, he was absent during game two.[3][17][18]

In Canada, all six games were broadcast by CBC Television (through Hockey Night in Canada, as produced by Sportsnet through a brokerage agreement) in English, TVA Sports in French, and Omni Television in Punjabi.[19][20] These were the first Stanley Cup Finals under Rogers Communications' exclusive national broadcast rights to the NHL in Canada.[21][22][23]

This was the second-most watched Stanley Cup Finals on U.S. television since 1995, trailing only the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, with an average 3.2 Nielsen rating and 5.6 million viewers on NBC and NBCSN.[24] Game six was seen by 7.6 million viewers nationally on NBC. Ratings for game six were especially strong in Chicago and Tampa Bay: it was the most-watched NHL broadcast locally in Chicago history, and the second-highest in Tampa Bay.[25] By contrast, ratings in Canada dropped significantly, making it the lowest-rated Stanley Cup Final since 2009. Game six, facing competition from a Team Canada match in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the Toronto Blue Jays (which had seen increased ratings due to a major winning streak), was the lowest-rated deciding NHL playoff game on Canadian television since the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals.[26]

U.S. Ratings
Game Network Ratings
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1[27] NBC 3.3 5.547
2[28] NBC 3.9 6.549
3[29] NBCSN 2.2 3.896
4[16] NBCSN 2.2 3.914
5[30] NBC 3.0 5.260
6[31] NBC 4.4 8.005

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1938 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1938 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-five series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Chicago won the series 3–1 to win their second Stanley Cup. With their record of 14-25-9, they possess, to date, the lowest regular-season winning percentage of any championship team in the four major professional sports leagues, and are the only ones to do so with a losing record.

2015 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 15, 2015, and ended on June 15, 2015, with the Chicago Blackhawks defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.

The New York Rangers made the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season. They also came back from a 3–1 series deficit for the second consecutive year. The Detroit Red Wings increased their consecutive post-season appearance streak to 24 seasons, the longest current streak at the time and tied for the fourth-longest streak in NHL history. The Winnipeg Jets qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the former Atlanta Thrashers franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011; the only time that the Thrashers/Jets franchise made the post-season was in 2007, and the last time that the city of Winnipeg hosted a playoff game was in 1996, the season before the previous Winnipeg Jets team relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Coyotes. The Ottawa Senators became the first team in the NHL's modern era (since 1943–44) to overcome a 14-point deficit in the standings to clinch a playoff spot. Also, the Calgary Flames returned to the playoffs after a six-year absence. In total, five Canadian NHL teams qualified for the post-season, the most since 2004.The Los Angeles Kings became the first defending Stanley Cup champions since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007 to fail to make the playoffs. The Boston Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and became the first reigning Presidents' Trophy winners to miss the post-season since the Buffalo Sabres in 2008 (and the third overall). In addition, the San Jose Sharks failed to make the post-season for the first time since 2003, ending the NHL's second-longest active playoff streak.For the first time since 2000, both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals went the full seven games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team in league history to face an Original Six team in all four rounds of the playoffs in the same year, as they played against the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively. They also became the fourth team to defeat three consecutive Original Six teams.The Lightning also tied the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers, 2004 Calgary Flames and 2014 Los Angeles Kings, for playing the most playoff games (26) in a post season.

2016 NHL Entry Draft

The 2016 NHL Entry Draft was the 54th NHL Entry Draft. The draft was held on June 24–25, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The first three selections were Auston Matthews going to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrik Laine going to the Winnipeg Jets, and Pierre-Luc Dubois going to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Amalie Arena

The Amalie Arena is an arena in Tampa, Florida that has been used for ice hockey, basketball, arena football games, and concerts. It is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.

The building was originally known as the Ice Palace. In August 2002, the building's naming rights were sold to the St. Petersburg Times, which became the Tampa Bay Times in January 2012; accordingly, the arena was known as the St. Pete Times Forum from 2002 to 2012 and Tampa Bay Times Forum (2012–2014). In September 2014, the arena was renamed Amalie Arena when the naming rights were transferred to Amalie Oil Company.

Anton Strålman

Anton Strålman (born 1 August 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Strålman has also played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the organization that drafted him in the seventh round, 216th overall, in 2005, as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, the latter with which he made the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.

Bryan Bickell

Bryan Bickell (born March 9, 1986) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015, and played in four early playoff games during the team's run to the 2010 Stanley Cup championship. Bickell spent nearly 10 years with the Blackhawks organization before being traded to the Hurricanes before the 2016–17 season. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis later that year and retired from playing hockey at the end of the season.

Châteauguay

Châteauguay (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑtoɡɛ], local pronunciation: [ʃɑtoɡe]) is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, located both on the Chateauguay River and Lac St-Louis, which is a section of the St. Lawrence River. The population of the city of Châteauguay at the 2011 Census was 45,904, and the population centre was 70,812.

Fox Sports Sun

Fox Sports Sun, formerly Sun Sports and originally Sunshine Network, is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts local coverage of professional, collegiate and sporting events in the state of Florida, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Miami, Tampa and Orlando. Fox Sports Sun and sister regional sports network Fox Sports Florida are headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fox Sports Sun is available on cable providers throughout Florida; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports Networks from 21st Century Fox, including Fox Sports Sun and sister network Fox Sports Florida. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. It is unknown whether the networks will be divested to other parties, or be retained by the proposed "New Fox" (which will consist of the assets excluded from Disney's purchase, including the Fox broadcast network, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and the remainder of the Fox Sports division).

John Wiedeman

John Wiedeman is an American broadcaster who is the radio play-by-play announcer for the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks.

Kelly Sutherland

Kelly Sutherland (born April 18, 1971 in Richmond, British Columbia) is a National Hockey League referee who wears uniform number 11. He was one of the referees for the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals along Bill McCreary, Dan O'Halloran, and Stephen Walkom. He was selected again to officiate the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. Sutherland officiated the gold medal game men's ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Kevin Pollock

Kevin Pollock (born February 7, 1970 in Kincardine, Ontario) has been a National Hockey League referee since the 1999–2000 NHL season, and wears uniform number 33.He was selected to work games in the ice hockey men's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. He refereed game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals, with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the game and ultimately the Stanley Cup.

List of Stanley Cup Finals officials

Before the Stanley Cup playoffs, a list of forty on-ice officials are named to work: Twenty referees and twenty linesmen. They are paired up in each round, traveling and working together between the series. Usually, they are never assigned to work two games between two teams they have already seen. This does not apply if a series reaches seven games, or at any point in time beginning in the third round. If a game seven is reached, those who have been assigned to work in the next round will call the series-deciding game. If at any time a referee or linesman is injured or unable to work, there is a standby official; he is there in the event that one of the officials cannot continue in the game.

Throughout the playoffs, the list of officials is minimized.

During the second round, twenty-four officials (twelve referees and twelve linesmen) work games.

During the third round, sixteen officials (eight referees and eight linesmen) work games.In the Stanley Cup playoffs, the list is reduced to eight officials: Four referees and four linesmen. They are named as Stanley Cup Finals officials. They are still in pairs, who will work every other game (even numbered and odd numbered). If the Stanley Cup final reaches a game seven, the top four will be assigned to officiate the game; they may not have been paired during the finals.

List of Tampa Bay Lightning seasons

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lightning were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Norris Division of the Campbell Conference. The next year, the Lightning were placed in the NHL's new Eastern Conference as members of the Atlantic Division. The Lightning were moved to the Southeast Division as part of the NHL's 1998 expansion to three divisions per conference. In 2013, as part of another realignment and return to a two division format, the Lightning became part of a reconstituted Atlantic Division. The Lightning played in Expo Hall for their inaugural season, and moved to Tropicana Field (then called the ThunderDome) for the 1993–94 season. They moved to their current home in 1996, the Ice Palace, which has since been renamed Amalie Arena.

The Lightning have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs eleven times in twenty-seven completed seasons and won the 2004 Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won over 900 regular season games, the 25th-highest victory total among NHL teams. They have also lost over 900 games during the regular season, the tenth-lowest loss total in the NHL. The Lightning have over 2,000 points in their 27 seasons, the seventh-lowest point total in the league.Tampa Bay made their first playoffs in the 1995–96 season. The team's best year was the 2017–18 season, in which they finished 54–23–5. The team's worst year was the 1997–98 season, in which they finished 17–55–10. Tampa Bay moved to the Southeast Division in 1998, and won the division for the first time in the 2002–03 season. The Lightning won the Eastern Conference and their only Stanley Cup in the following season. As part of the 2013–14 NHL season realignment, the Lightning were relocated into the Atlantic Division after the league reduced from six divisions to four. Eleven years after their first cup win, the Lightning again won the Eastern Conference title and qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.

Mediacom

Mediacom Communications Corporation is a cable television and communications provider headquartered in New York and incorporated in Delaware, United States. Founded in 1995 by Rocco B. Commisso, it serves primarily smaller markets in the Midwest and Southern United States. Formerly a publicly traded firm, it went private in a $600 million transaction in March 2011 and is, as of 2011, owned by Commisso.

NHL Conference Finals

The National Hockey League (NHL) Conference Finals are the Eastern Conference and Western Conference championship series of the NHL. The Conference Finals are best-of-seven series, and comprise the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The two series are played in mid-to-late May (early June in 1995 and 2013, due to labour disputes that delayed the start of the season). The winners of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals receive the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, respectively, and advance to face each other in the final round.

Stan Bowman

Stanley Glenn Bowman (born June 28, 1973) is the current vice president and general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame member, and current senior advisor for the Blackhawks, Scotty Bowman.

Teuvo Teräväinen

Teuvo Henri Matias Teräväinen (born 11 September 1994) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks after playing several seasons with the Jokerit organization in Finland. Also being drafted by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft, he is known for his offensive abilities and play-making skills. In 2015, Teräväinen won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Blackhawks.

Trevor van Riemsdyk

Trevor van Riemsdyk (born July 24, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes in the National Hockey League (NHL). He won the Stanley Cup in 2015 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

World Tour (Garth Brooks)

The World Tour is a concert tour by American singer Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood. Beginning on September 4, 2014, in Rosemont, Illinois, the tour is Brooks' first in thirteen years after coming out of retirement. It launched in support of his 2014 album, Man Against Machine, continuing through the release of his 2016 album, Gunslinger.

High demand has prompted multiple concerts to be added in each city, with Brooks performing two shows per night in some cases. With 390 shows performed following the conclusion of its eighth leg in 2017, the tour has broken the record for the most all-time concerts in a tour. It also holds the record for the highest-grossing country music tour of all time, surpassing Soul2Soul: The World Tour by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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