The latest NHL season was a sprint throughout.
During the darkest moments of a prolonged lockout, it appeared hockey fans would again be robbed of an entire slate of regular season and playoff games. But then both sides reached an agreement in the 11th hour to preserve some semblance of a legitimate Stanley Cup campaign.
A bizarrely fast regular season set the stage for an amazing playoff run that featured a myriad of memorable moments. Chicago claimed its second title in four years, stunning Boston on the road in Game 6 with a monumental late comeback.
The Blackhawks' thrilling victory put a bow on an unbelievable year of North American hockey that once again captivated fans across the world. Here's a review of what we learned throughout this recent installment of NHL action.