Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup 2015: Score, Celebration Highlights, Twitter Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2015

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15:  The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
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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:

Chicago Blackhawks @NHLBlackhawks

And the @UnitedCenter has reached a new decibel. #ONEGOAL

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:

NHL on NBC @NHLonNBCSports

"WE WANT THE CUP!" starts to fill the @UnitedCenter #StanleyCup

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:

Conor McKenna @mckennaconor

Toews: "Every time we do it, it gets better and better."

Below, you can view Toews raising the title and handing it off to 40-year-old defenseman Kimmo Timonen, via the NHL:


The moment they've always dreamed of. #StanleyCup https://t.co/UnFl51eKck

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:

Katie Strang @KatieJStrang

Kimmo Timonen asked this am if he thought Toews would hand it off to him, didn't want to think about it. He ends fantastic career w/ Cup

Scott Hartnell couldn't have been more pleased to see his former teammate finally reach the mountaintop:

Scott Hartnell @Hartsy43

Never been more happy for anyone in my life!!! So proud of you Kimmo @kime4kids no one deserves it more than you!! #champion I love ya bud

Timonen offered a brief comment on the ice, per Mike Morreale of NHL.com:

Mike Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL

Kimmo: "I've been dreaming about this for last 17 yrs. I'm leaving this game as a Stanley Cup champion"

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:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Duncan Keith joined Bobby Orr as the only defensemen to score the Stanley Cup-clinching goal and win the Conn Smythe Trophy

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:

Chicago Cubs @Cubs

Umm... http://t.co/4OT6JwZRuz

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. 


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