We have a winner! After an intense 2-2 tie for the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks have beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth game of the series. Congrats, guys!
The Chicago Blackhawks were totally in it to win it during Game 5 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals on June 12. As the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning faced off in the fifth round on the Lightning’s home turf, the Blackhawks showed no mercy for the Lightning as they fought for their 2-1 victory. Chicago got off to a flying start and rightly took the lead with a Patrick Sharp, 33, goal after a mistake by Ben Bishop, 28, who tried to play the puck way out of goal only to collide with teammate Victor Hedman, 24, leaving an empty net.
But, as is always the case when you squander a number of chances against quality opposition, Chicago were punished for their slack finishing. It was Valtteri Flippula, 31, who drew the sides level taking a cross-ice pass and slotting the puck home at the side of the net. 1-1!
However, Chicago weathered the storm and they soon regained the lead again with 13 minutes left in the third. Centre Antoine Vermette, 32, latched onto a rebound after Bishop kicked the puck out and slammed the puck in the net to make it 2-1. And that was that! Chicago go 3-2 up.
At the very beginning of the Stanley Cup Finals, it seemed like the Blackhawks were the frontrunners, beating out the Lightning during the very first game 2-1. But the Lightning fought back — and they put up a good fight, winning Games 2 and 3.
After destroying the Blackhawks with a plethora of fast plays, the Chicago hockey studs struck back leaving both teams with an equal opportunity to take the lead in the tournament. The Blackhawks had their game faces on throughout Game 5, and they didn’t let their legions of fans down by shutting the Lightning down! Better luck next time, fellas!
HollywoodLifers, were you surprised by the outcome of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals? Who do you think will win the whole thing? Let us know!
— Evan Real, Jon Boon