The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals will be contested by the Eastern Conference Champions Tampa Bay Lightning and the Western Conference Champions the Chicago Blackhawks starting June 3rd in Tampa. Let's take a quick look on how both teams made it to the Finals.
EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS ROAD TO THE FINALS
The Lightning faced off against the Presidents trophy winner in the New York Rangers. Once again for the Lightning the series went 7 games. Home ice advantage did not seem to help either team this series as the home team only won 2 games and the visitors winning 5. The Rangers were seeking a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals but the Lightning had other plans by defeating the Rangers in game 7 giving the Rangers their first ever game 7 home loss and sending them to the Finals for the second time in franchise history.
In the first round the Chicago Blackhawks faced off against the Nashville Predators in a series that saw the Blackhawks win in 6 games. With Nashville having home ice advantage the two teams split the first two games in Nashville before the home team the rest of the series winning every game. The series was a hard fought battle with 2 overtime games both won by the Blackhawks a double overtime along with a triple overtime game.
In the Western Conference Semi Finals the Blackhawks swept the Minnesota Wild 4 games to 0. All but one game was decided by 1 goal and no overtime games. In game 4 the Wild at home and hoping to extend the series saw the Blackhawks complete the sweep by a score of 4-3 and propelling them to the Western Conference Finals for the third consecutive year and 5th time in the last 7 years.
Wednesday June 3rd 8pm in Tampa on NBC
Saturday June 6th 7:15pm in Tampa on NBC
Monday June 8th 8pm in Chicago on NBCSN
Wednesday June 10th 8pm in Chicago on NBCSN
GAME #5 IF NECESSARY
Saturday June 13th 8pm in Tampa on NBC
GAME #6 IF NECESSARY
Monday June 15th 8pm in Chicago on NBC
GAME #7 IF NECESSARY
Wednesday June 17the 8pm in Tampa on NBC
This is the first time that both teams will face eachother for the Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to repeat history as they won the Cup back in 2004 in 6 games against the Calgary Flames. On the other side the Chicago Blackhawks will be making their 13th Finals appearance last winning the Cup in 2013 against the Boston Bruins in 6 games.
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