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Chicago Blackhawks: Looking Back at Their 5 Stanley Cup Championships

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IJune 25, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks: Looking Back at Their 5 Stanley Cup Championships

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    The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a thrilling Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup.

    It’s their second championship in the past four years and fifth in franchise history. They are now tied with the Edmonton Oilers for fifth all-time in Stanley Cup wins, just one behind the Boston Bruins.

    Here is a look back at all five of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championships.

     

    Stats courtesy of NHL.com and Hockey-Reference.com.

1934

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    Founded in 1926, it would be less than a decade before the then Chicago Black Hawks hoisted their first Stanley Cup.

    They finished second to the Detroit Red Wings in the American Division, despite scoring a league-low 88 goals in 48 games. However, led by Vezina Trophy winner Charlie Gardiner, Chicago also had the lowest goals allowed.

    The Black Hawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens (4-3) in the quarterfinals and the Montreal Maroons (6-2) in semifinals to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Note: those were two-game, total goals series.

    In the finals they would face the Red Wings in a best-of-five series. It was the Wings first appearance in the finals since their inception in 1926. It was Chicago’s second appearance, having lost 3-2 to the Canadiens in 1931.

    The Black Hawks took the first two games at the Olympia in Detroit, before falling 5-2 in Game 3 at Chicago Stadium. Game 4 would need overtime, as neither team scored in regulation. Harold "Mush" March scored the Cup-winning goal in double overtime, becoming the first player in NHL history to do so.

    Johnny Gottselig and Paul Thompson finished second in postseason goals with four apiece, while Elwin "Doc" Romnes finished second in playoff scoring with nine points. That said, legendary Canadian athlete Lionel Conacher, a defenseman, would likely have won the Conn Smythe Trophy for his strong performance.

    It’s also worth noting that Game 4 would be Gardiner’s last, as he passed away in June of that year, at the age of 29.

1938

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    The Black Hawks barely made the playoffs, finishing just two points ahead of the last place Red Wings in the American Division. On top of that, they hadn’t won a playoff series in the three years since their 1934 Cup win.

    However, Chicago was about to write a remarkable Cinderella story.

    Now playing best-of-three series up until the finals, the Black Hawks eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in overtime of Game 3 of the quarterfinals. They lost Game 1 to the New York Americans as well, but stormed back to win two straight and earn a trip the finals.

    After beating the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds in the Canadian Division, the top-seeded Maple Leafs were waiting.

    They split the first two games at Maple Leaf Gardens and back at Chicago Stadium, and the Black Hawks won Games 3 and 4 to secure their second Stanley Cup championship.

    Johnny Gottselig once again finished second in playoff goals with four and with eight points tied Toronto’s Gordie Drillon for the most in the postseason.

    Also of note is the fact that Chicago’s Bill Stewart became the first American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup. 

1961

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    The Black Hawks finished third in the regular season, setting up a semifinals matchup with the top-seeded Montreal Canadians. Led by MVP Bernie Geoffrion and legends like Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey and Jacques Plante, the Habs were more than a worthy opponent.

    And yet, Chicago managed to upset them in six games, with goaltender Glenn Hall posting back-to-back shutouts in Games 5 and 6.

    It would be the only Stanley Cup final of the 1960s not to include the Leafs or Habs, as Chicago took on the Detroit Red Wings. Despite finishing fourth, Detroit boasted its fair share of star power, including Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Terry Sawchuk.

    With the series tied 2-2, Chicago took over, winning Games 5 and 6 by a combined score of 11-4.

    Young offensive stars Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were topped only by Bill Hay on the team’s regular season scoring list. In the playoffs, that honor went to a defenseman who many would consider the playoff MVP, Pierre Pilote.

    Pilote finished tied with Gordie Howe for the playoff scoring title with 15 points. Mikita led the team with six goals, while Hull had four goals and ten assists. Most importantly, Hall was strong in goal when they needed him most. 

2010

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    49 years later, the Blackhawks would bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago.

    After coming up short in the 2009 playoffs, where they lost to the Red Wings in the Western Conference finals, the Blackhawks appeared poised to take the next step. And they did.

    Chicago ousted the Nashville Predators in the first round. Then they eliminated their rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, in six games to set up a series with the top-seeded San Jose SharksThe Blackhawks swept the Sharks, with key contributions coming from Dustin Byfuglien, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.  

    They would battle the Philadelphia Flyers in the finals, a team that was also looking to end a long Cup drought, having not hoisted it since 1975. It was a hard fought series, in which the home team took the first five games.

    Game 6 needed overtime and any hockey fan can tell you what happened next. Patrick Kane scored the goal to end the drought, but was the only person in the building who knew it went in. He finished second on the team in scoring to Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Toews, who also joined the Triple-Gold club with the victory.

    Duncan Keith, who won the Norris Trophy for his play in the regular season, was also instrumental throughout the playoffs as well.

    The win gave Chicago at least one championship in each of the four major sports since 1985. Sorry Cubs fans, your day will come. 

2013

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    The season started late because of yet another lockout, but that didn’t faze the Blackhawks, who went 21-0-3 to start the season.

    They continued to dominate and entered the playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed. A first-round matchup with the Minnesota Wild resulted in a 4-1 series win for Chicago. In the second round, they fell behind 3-1 to the Red Wings, before storming back to win Game 7 in overtime on a goal by Brent Seabrook.

    That set up a series with the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings for the right to play for the Cup. Each game was closely contested, but ultimately the Blackhawks prevailed in Game 5, on an OT goal by Patrick Kane.

    The Blackhawks would take on the Bruins for the first time in the finals. It was also the first original six matchup since 1979.

    The series started off with a triple-OT thriller in Game 1, while Games 2 and 4 would also need extra time. It was a series many predicted would go the distance and certainly seemed like it would, until the dying minutes of Game 6.

    Down 2-1, Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish.

    Patrick Kane led the team in scoring and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, making it the third consecutive year an American has won the award. With the win the Blackhawks became the eighth team in NHL history to win the Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup in the same season.

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