For the first time since 1938, the Chicago Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup at home.
Delirium would be the best way to describe the United Center on Monday night as the Blackhawks closed out Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final 2-0 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The home fans were vocal all night, and when Duncan Keith scored in the second period, the roof blew off the arena:
Patrick Kane's third-period goal meant any remaining nervous energy from the Chicago faithful turned into outright jubilation.
The league officials were a bit slow with the unveiling of the Stanley Cup as they hurried to prepare it for the victors, and the United Center crowd wasn't in a mood to wait, per NHL on NBC:
Despite this being Chicago's third title in six seasons, captain Jonathan Toews commented that lifting Lord Stanley's Cup will never get old, per TSN's Conor McKenna:
Below, you can view Toews raising the title and handing it off to 40-year-old defenseman Kimmo Timonen, via the NHL:
Given how long Timonen has had to wait to win the Stanley Cup, he was an easy choice to be the first guy to touch the Cup after the captain. Before the game, though, he didn't even want to entertain the idea until it actually happened, per ESPN's Katie Strang:
Scott Hartnell couldn't have been more pleased to see his former teammate finally reach the mountaintop:
Timonen offered a brief comment on the ice, per Mike Morreale of NHL.com:
Keith also warrants special mention. His goal essentially won the Stanley Cup, and that helped him win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Given the totality of his performance in the postseason—especially the fact he played nearly 30 minutes a night in the Stanley Cup Final—Keith was the only logical choice for the award.
Corey Crawford certainly had a great series and was in the Conn Smythe discussion, but no player was more important to the Blackhawks' title win than Keith.
If there was any more evidence needed for why he's a Hall of Fame player, then he provided it Monday night. Between his game-winning goal and Conn Smythe, Keith also entered rarefied air, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Of course, the United Center had to kick everybody out at some point, but the party is far from over. The streets of downtown Chicago will be packed into the early hours of Tuesday morning.
A bit of a crowd has flooded the streets, including outside of Wrigley Field:
Instagram user gubatuba posted a video of celebrations ongoing in Chicago:
This may be remembered as the sweetest of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup triumphs during their period of success. Winning a title is fun, but there's a certain amount of enjoyment that is lacking when you watch your favorite team clinch on foreign soil.
Seeing the Blackhawks end a nearly eight-decade-long drought won't be a moment soon forgotten.