How it happened: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith wrapped up an unforgettable Stanley Cup playoffs in a big way. With the game scoreless late in the second period, Keith followed up his own rebound and beat Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop from the slot at 17 minutes, 13 seconds of the second period. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead into the third period and made it stick as they have all season. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford didn’t allow a goal in the third period for the third consecutive game and finished with 25 saves. Patrick Kane put the Blackhawks ahead 2-0 with a one-timer from a pass from Brad Richards at 14:46 of the third period. It was the first time all series either team took a two-goal lead. Kane also had an assist on Keith’s goal. The Blackhawks were 0-for-3 on the power play, and the Lightning were 0-for-1. Bishop made 30 saves in the loss.
What it means: The Blackhawks clinched the series and won the Stanley Cup for the sixth time in franchise history. They’re the first team to win three Stanley Cups in a six-year span since the Detroit Red Wings did so in 1997, 1998 and 2002. It’s the first time the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup on home ice since 1938. They won the Stanley Cup in 1961, 2010 and 2013 while on the road. The Blackhawks won the final three games of the series and handed the Lightning their first three-game losing streak of the entire season. The Blackhawks won the last three games by the scores of 2-0, 2-1 and 2-1. The Lightning played 26 games in this postseason, tied for the most in NHL history. The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson combined for one goal in the series after coming into it with a total of 20 goals. Game 6 of the series was the only game not decided by one goal, and the only one in which the game-winner didn’t come in the third period.
Player of the game: Keith piled up the achievements in the playoffs. He was the fourth skater since 1998 to log 700 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. His 21 playoff points, which included three goals and 18 assists, matched Chris Chelios for the single-season postseason record by a Blackhawks’ defenseman. He also tied Chris Pronger for the most playoff points by a defenseman in the past 20 years.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks improved to 33-0 on the season when leading after two periods.
What’s next: The Blackhawks haven't announced plans yet for a championship parade.