Lord Stanley’s Cup might have been a little late to the party last night, but the Chicago Blackhawks and their 22,424 fans could care less. They had been waiting to celebrate the first on-ice Stanley Cup celebration in Chicago since 1938.
The United Center truly turned into the “Madhouse on Madison” in the final minutes of Game 6 Monday night. The Blackhawks were killing off a short-handed situation along with Ben Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, pulled for extra attacker. Everyone in the house was on their feet, screaming and cheering at the top of their lungs. It was quite a scene.
“Everybody was standing up,” forward Marian Hossa said. “What a moment.”(AP)
“I don’t think there’s going to be much sleeping tonight,” Kane said.(nhl.com)
“There’s nothing like it,” Blackhawks president and Chicago native John McDonough said. “Being from here, hailing from the city of Chicago, not the suburbs, and going with the ebb and flow of sports teams my entire life; I was around for the Bulls run and I never thought I’d see anything like that ever again. Maybe you never will. I mean, six championships in eight years, that’s amazing. But we’re really fortunate. This fan base gave us a chance. They came back and we’re thrilled that we’re able to reward them.”(nhl.com)
The Tampa Bay Lightning and their outstanding goalie, Ben Bishop, put up and tremendous fight in this series and certainly had chances to send this series back to Tampa for Game 7. It was just not meant to be.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was exhausted and almost at a loss for words after the game.
“It’s so tough right now,” he said. “We had a chance to win the Cup. We felt like it was a pretty evenly matched series, and it could have gone either way. It’s tough to look back and see the emotions of winning the Eastern Conference [Final] against the New York Rangers and then come here and see the emotions of the complete opposite.
“You’re trying to accomplish your childhood dream and watching someone else win it instead of your group … I mean, it is so hard to get here. I can’t express how frustrating it is not to get the job done.”(nhl.com)
Speaking of childhood dreams….you have to be happy for a guy like Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen. The 40-year old defensemen had played 16 years in the NHL without winning the Stanley Cup. He had already announced that he was retiring at the end of the season. What a way to go out!
“I leave this game as a Stanley Cup champion. I can’t ask for anything more than that.”(AP)
“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “Once you do it once, you can’t wait to do it again. It was special tonight doing it in front of our own fans. The building was electric.”(AP)
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks! 2014-15 Stanley Cup Champions!!