Blackhawks clinch historic title

Source:AFP Published: 2015-6-16 23:48:02

First Stanley Cup championship on home ice since 1938

Duncan Keith scored the eventual winner as the Chicago Blackhawks clinched their first Stanley Cup title on home ice in almost eight decades with a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Defenseman Keith fired his own rebound into the back of the net to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead late in the second as Chicago won the series 4-2 for their third NHL championship in six seasons.

"It feels so good to be a part of a group of guys willing to do whatever it takes," Keith said. "It is awesome. We did it at home. It is special to win it, but to do it in front of our home fans is so much fun now."

Corey Crawford made 25 saves to earn the shutout and Patrick Kane got the insurance marker in the third period for Chicago, who won one of the most closely contested finals in league history as game six was the first contest that saw either club take a multi-goal lead.

The win touched off a wild celebration on the ice by the Blackhawks in front of their home crowd of 22,400 at ­United Center arena.

"It is unreal right now. I don't want to leave the ice," American Kane said. "Tonight was my night."

The 31-year-old Keith was awarded the Conn Smythe ­Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2015 NHL ­playoffs.

Kane won the Conn Smythe the last time when Chicago won the title.

Keith crossed over the ­Lightning blueline and took a shot after receiving a pass from Kane. Keith continued on to the net and collected his own rebound before lifting the puck over the glove of Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop with just under three minutes left in the second period.

The Blackhawks claimed their first title at home in 77 years. They won in 2010 in Philadelphia and capped their 2013 championship run on the road in Boston.

The Black Hawks last celebrated a Cup victory at home in 1938 when they swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in four straight games.

Since then, they have had just one chance to win at home and that was back in 1971.

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