The Chicago Blackhawks started this lockout shortened season as the best team, they finished the regular season as the best team and now they are Stanley Cup champions, capping off their magical season. In short, they were the best team all year long and now they have their second Cup in the last four years to celebrate their miraculous run.
In what was a fantastic Stanley Cup final, one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon, it featured everything a hockey fan could ask for. Fast paced games, with big hits, end to end action capped off with stellar saves and clutch goals, this series did not disappoint. And talk about a selling feature for the NHL when they needed it most.
On the heels of a lockout that was on the verge of wiping out an entire season, the NHL was in jeopardy of losing all the momentum they had gained in recent years. The 24/7 documentary series that proved to be a huge hit and the Kings winning the cup last year all had hockey on the map with fans that weren’t your prototypical hockey fan. The game’s audience was growing.
When the lockout happened every hockey fan feared the worst for the game we all love. But now thanks to a classic final that will go down in the history books as one of the greatest Stanley Cup finals in recent memory, the game is back and perhaps better than ever.
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