By defeating Tampa Bay 2-0 to secure their third Stanley Cup in the last six years, the Chicago Blackhawks have created a true modern day NHL dynasty in the most unlikely of eras.  Chicago won the Stanley Cup at home last night for the first time since 1938 and became only the fourth team in NHL history to win three cups in six or fewer years

The Blackhawks joined the Red Wings (1997-02), Oilers (1984-85, '87-88, '90), and the Islanders (1980-83), to accomplish this magnificent feat.  The most significant aspect of their 2015 Stanley Cup victory is that the Blackhawks only have eight players remaining from their 2010 cup winning team that beat Philly.

Dynasties just don't happen in professional sports any more, especially with the salary cap.  Teams are dismantled after they win a championship, that is just the reality of sports today.  What the Blackhawks have accomplished is truly one for the books.  With a core of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and goaltender Corey Crawford there is no telling how many more championships this team can win.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoisting the Stanley Cup at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoisting the Stanley Cup at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Blackhawks have defeated three really good opponents in Philadelphia, Boston, and Tampa Bay to win their championships over these past six years.  This season alone the Hawks came back from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Ducks in 7 games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, and overcame a 2-1 hole to defeat a young resilient Lightning  squad.  What has separated Chicago from any other hockey team over these past six season is their ability to perform in clutch situations, in hostel environments, and their exceptional overtime performances in the post season.

The Blackhawks were 4-1 in overtime games this post season alone.  The Hawks also defeated Tampa Bay without Kane and Toews playing their best hockey.  Kane finally scored a goal in game six, but otherwise the two were not a significant factor in the Finals.  Instead Chicago relied on various other role players to get the job done, and that is what a championship team does.

What the Blackhawks have accomplished may never be done again, hence it is something to truly be cherished.  Without question, winning a Stanley Cup is one of the most difficult accomplishments in all of sports.  With this latest cup victory the Blackhawks have truly solidified their place in NHL history as one of the greatest teams of all time by tying the Boston Bruins for most Stanley Cups by an American franchise with 6.  Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, a legendary team that has proven countless times that great teams find a way to win at just the right time.


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