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Chicago Blackhawks Beat Tampa Bay 2-0 to Win Stanley Cup

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Charles Rex Arbogast—AP Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane celebrates after scoring during the Stanley Cup Final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Chicago on June 15, 2015

A Windy City party 77 years in the making

(CHICAGO) —Showing off their grit and determination, the Chicago Blackhawks finally put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.

The city of broad shoulders, strong enough to carry the silver trophy once again. A Windy City party 77 years in the making.

Duncan Keith scored in the second period and directed a dominant defense that shut down Tampa Bay’s high-scoring attack, and the Blackhawks beat the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night for their third NHL title in the past six seasons.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, helping the Blackhawks clinch the Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938. Corey Crawford, who was pulled from Chicago’s first-round series against Nashville, had 25 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout.

Keith was a unanimous selection for the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP after he finished with 21 points while playing over 700 minutes in a grueling postseason.

It was an appropriate conclusion to a series full of near misses and close calls that had fans in Chicago and Tampa Bay on the edge of their seats for almost two weeks. It was only the second final to begin with five one-goal games, and no team enjoyed a two-goal advantage until an open Kane buried a perfect pass from Brad Richards at 14:46 of the third.

It was Kane’s first goal of the final, and it touched off a wild celebration by the frenzied crowd of 22,424, who broke out more chants of “We want the Cup! We want the Cup!”

“I’d say you have a dynasty,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the cheering crowd as he presented the trophy to the grinning Blackhawks.

Ben Bishop kept the Lightning in the game with 30 saves, fighting through some sort of lower-body injury that kept him out of Game 4. Led by Bishop and big defenseman Victor Hedman, the Lightning allowed just 13 goals in the series, but it wasn’t enough against the unflappable Blackhawks.

Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos finished the playoffs with an eight-game scoring drought that likely will chase him into the offseason. He rung the inside of the crossbar on a near miss at 7:50 of the first and was stoned by Crawford on a breakaway 58 seconds into the middle period.

The pair of missed opportunities for one of the NHL’s most gifted scorers looked even more costly when the Blackhawks got on the board in the second.

Keith got a nice pass from Kane in the middle and shot it around Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette. Bishop stopped his first try, but Keith kept skating past Paquette and flipped in the rebound at 17:13.

Keith then skated with his arms out and yelled before he was mobbed by his teammates near the boards.

Crawford threw his gloves into the air as the final seconds ticked off, and a sea of red and black that braved a dangerous line of thunderstorms to pack the United Center erupted in pure joy. Kane pumped his right arm as Crawford approached for a big hug, and the goaltender then wrapped his arms around Keith after they helped limit the league’s highest-scoring team in the regular season to 10 goals in the final.

It was the first Stanley Cup for Kimmo Timonen, who has said he plans to retire. The 40-year-old defenseman was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in February after he missed the start of the season while recovering from blood clots in his leg and lungs.

After captain Jonathan Toews got the trophy from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, he handed it right to Timonen, who proudly hoisted it into the air.

The Lightning had Nikita Kucherov back in the lineup after the forward crashed into the Chicago goal during the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory Saturday night and missed the last part of Game 5. But Tampa Bay’s high-scoring triplets line never got untracked in the final.

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Blackhawks Rally to Stun Tampa Bay 2-1 in Final Opener

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Del Mecum—AP Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman tries to keep Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad from taking control of the puck in front of goalie Ben Bishop in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in Tampa on June 3, 2015

Tampa Bay appeared to frustrate the Blackhawks to the point of biting

(TAMPA) — Although Teuvo Teravainen has been with the Chicago Blackhawks for just a few months, the 20-year-old Finn already fits in perfectly on a veteran club with a knack for big-game greatness.

And when Chicago’s stars couldn’t crack the Tampa Bay Lightning’s defense for the first 53 minutes of the Stanley Cup Final opener, Teravainen stepped up in dramatic fashion to put the Blackhawks on top.

Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 1:58 apart late in the third period, and the Blackhawks rallied to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Corey Crawford made 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who opened the final series in their quest for their third NHL title in six seasons with more of the clutch offensive play on which they’ve built a championship team — but they didn’t get it from Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane this time.

Instead, it was their youngest player, one who was more worried about public speaking than very public scoring.

“When I scored the goal, the first thing (I thought) was, ‘Oh no, I have to go out in the media after the game,'” Teravainen said.

Teravainen scored through traffic with 6:32 to play, and he forced the turnover that led to Vermette’s winner with 4:34 left. Just like that, the Blackhawks erased Tampa Bay’s home-ice advantage and silenced an Amalie Arena crowd celebrating Tampa Bay’s first trip to the Final since winning the 2004 title.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Teravainen said. “I know we have a great team. We have a lot of experience, but myself, I’m a young guy here, so I try to bring some energy. Tampa Bay is a really great team. It’s a fast game out there. You have to be ready.”

Game 2 is Saturday night in Tampa.

With Toews and Kane off the ice and the clock dwindling, the Blackhawks’ supporting players delivered. And after 2 1/2 periods of strong defense, the Lightning felt they got excessively cautious — Chicago’s persistence finally was rewarded in dramatic fashion.

Shortly after Crawford stopped Ryan Callahan on a breakaway, Marcus Kruger and Valtteri Filppula provided screens in front of goalie Ben Bishop, who never saw Teravainen’s shot for his third goal of the postseason.

Teravainen then forced a turnover by J.T. Brown in the Lightning zone. Vermette collected the bouncing puck in the slot and beat Bishop in the top right corner for his third goal.

Teravainen is the youngest player to have a multipoint game in the Stanley Cup Final since a 19-year-old Jaromir Jagr did it for Pittsburgh in 1991.

“He’s growing more confident every game,” Marian Hossa said. “He doesn’t seem to have a heartbeat. He’s so calm. He’s Finnish cold.”

Vermette joined Teravainen as an unlikely hero, providing a timely return on the Blackhawks’ much-debated decision to acquire him from Arizona at the trade deadline.

“We got better as the game went on,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “Huge goal through traffic, and then a nice shot by Vermy. Turned out to be a great third period. … Finding a way to win is what this team is all about.”

Bishop stopped 19 shots and Alex Killorn scored in the opening minutes for Tampa Bay, which appeared to be closing in on a gritty shutout victory.

“For most of the game, we saw we can hang, and we can be better,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “You’ve got to go through these situations to learn from them. It comes down to the small details, and it comes down to a bounce.”

In his first game since shutting out the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to win the East title, the 6-foot-7 Bishop and his defense were a few minutes away from his third shutout in four games.

In fact, Tampa Bay appeared to frustrate the Blackhawks to the point of biting: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman believes Chicago’s Andrew Shaw bit him on the torso during a scrum after the whistle in the second period. Hedman lifted his jersey on the bench to show the bruise.

“We really didn’t give them much the entire game,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “Could we have made a few more poised plays? I guess we could have. But we had chances to put them away, and that was letting them hang around.”

The winner of Game 1 has won the Cup in 58 of the last 75 Finals since 1939, including the last three.

Chicago roared into its third Final under Quenneville and its 13th overall after outlasting Anaheim in a memorable seven-game conference final. A roster loaded with championship-winning players and veteran talent made the Blackhawks most observers’ favorite in this series despite questions about a defense relying heavily on just four players, including tireless star Duncan Keith, who played 29 minutes, 15 seconds against the Lightning.

After a stirring pregame celebration of the Lightning’s return to the Final 11 years after winning their only title, they opened with a noticeable jump on the Blackhawks. Killorn, the first Harvard product to score in a Final, needed just 4:31 to get the Lightning on top with an exceptional backhand redirect of Anton Stralman’s shot.

NOTES: Tampa Bay lost for the first time in the postseason after scoring the game’s first goal, dropping to 9-1. … Chicago scratched F Bryan Bickell with an undisclosed injury and dressed Kris Versteeg, who was in Toronto on Monday for the birth of his first child, son Jaxson. Versteeg went headfirst into Crawford’s post in the second period, but got a penalty for goalie interference. … Tampa Bay was the NHL’s best home team during the regular season, and Chicago was the best on the road. The Lightning led the league in goals, and the Blackhawks shared the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed. … Chicago F Brad Richards mostly got a warm reception in his return to Tampa, where he won the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy during the Lightning’s title run. Richards was traded in 2008.

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Emilio Estevez Live-Tweeted the Ducks Win Like Gordon Bombay

Mighty Ducks actor cheers (and quacks) for his old team

Actor Emilio Estevez seems to love the Ducks as much as ever, judging by his latest flurry of tweets during Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Estevez, who played the youth hockey coach Gordon Bombay in the The Mighty Ducks, let loose a few cheers and quacks as the game progressed Monday evening.

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LA Kings Player Jarret Stoll Arrested on Drug Charges

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Larry MacDougal—AP NHL profile photo on Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll during a game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta on April 9, 2015.

The hockey forward was suspected of having cocaine

Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of cocaine, according to multiple reports.

The hockey forward and boyfriend of Dancing with the Stars co-host and sports reporter Erin Andrews was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand hotel, Las Vegas Metro police confirmed to CBS.

Stoll, 32, was being held at the Clark County Detention center Las Vegas police Lt. Michael Mauntel told the Associated Press.

The L.A. Kings released a statement on Twitter on Friday night, saying, “We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarett Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

A rep for Andrews could not immediately be reached for comment.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Your Kid’s Hockey Helmet May Not Be as Safe as You Think

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Researchers say the sport with the highest rate of concussions suffers from a dearth of effective safety helmets

Researchers at Virginia Tech have devised a five-star rating system for hockey helmet safety, and not one of the 32 helmets tested earned a five or even a four-star rating, the team revealed this week.

Researchers subjected each model of helmet to 48 impacts inside an ice rink and at the laboratory. The helmets were then ranked according to how many concussions the wearer could expect over an average hockey season. The sturdiest helmet, the Warrior Krown 360, received a three-star rating, meaning the wearer was unlikely to suffer more than three concussions. Nine helmets received zero stars, which could expose the wearer to six or more concussions, according to the team’s predictions.

Price appeared to have no effect on performance, with helmets priced at $100 outperforming helmets at triple the price.

The researchers decided to examine hockey helmets because the sport has the highest rate of concussions, assistant professor Steven Rowson said.

“Our focus is to improve the safety of the sport, and we have spent a great deal of time developing the methods and relaying these to the manufacturers so that they can optimize their designs,” said lead researcher Stefan Duma, head of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

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Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss NHL Concussion Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson allowed the case launched by league players to proceed

A federal judge in Minnesota has thrown out the NHL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the body inadequately informed players of the health risks caused by concussions despite having ample knowledge and resources.

The plaintiffs are seeking a financial settlement for the “pathological and debilitating effects of brain injuries caused by concussive and sub-concussive impacts sustained … during their professional careers,” according to court documents.

The NHL argued that the case was pre-empted by the league’s collective bargaining agreement, which created a six-year statute of limitations on the case. They also argued additional jurisdiction claims. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson rejected those challenges.

“Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that they may not have been aware that they had suffered an injury — or the possibility of injury — while they were playing in the NHL,” she wrote in her judgement.

In response, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement reported by the Associated Press. “While we would have hoped for a different result on this motion, we understand that the case is at a relatively early stage, and there will be ample opportunity for us to establish our defenses as the discovery process progresses,” he said

As implied in the statement, the ruling does not mean the players have won the lawsuit, but rather that they can move forward with the litigation.

The players suing the NHL are Dan Lacouture, Michael Peluso, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, David Christian and Reed Larsen.

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This NHL Player Got Traded After His Daughter Made a Written Plea

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Aaron Doster—Cal Sports Media/AP In this Nov 25, 2014, former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jordan Leopold appears during the NHL game in Columbus, OH.

Jordan Leopold's job no longer has to take him so far from his family

Talk about initiative. Hockey player Jordan Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter just got her hometown hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, to trade for her father, who was playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“Well my dad is very lonly [sic] without his family. We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my 2 sisters, and my brother,” young Jordyn Leopold wrote in a heartfelt letter to the coaches at Minnesota Wild.

Her wish was granted Monday, when 34-year-old Leopold was traded to the Minnesota Wild as a defenseman, allowing him to return home and reunite with his family.

Looks like a career in player management could be shaping up for young Jordyn.

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Former Blackhawks Defenseman Steve Montador Found Dead at His Home

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Rocky Widner—Getty Images Steve Montador of the Chicago Blackhawks readies for the face-off against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Nov. 23, 2011

UPDATE: Authorities have determined Montador died of natural causes, according to multiple reports.

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador was found dead at his home in Mississauga, Ontario on Sunday, according to the Mississauga News.

Regional police, who do not suspect foul play was involved, found Montador, 35, around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a female acquaintance of Montador’s notified authorities, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The Vancouver native was signed by the Calgary Flames during the 2001-02 season and played for six different NHL teams.

Montador most recently played in the NHL for the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks, during which he suffered a season-ending concussion.

In the 2013-14 season, Montador played in the multi-national Kontinental Hockey League.

Montador logged 33 goals and 98 assists over 571 games in his 10-year NHL career.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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Angry Hockey Dad Smashes Safety Glass After Penalty Miss

"Way to go, Paul"

Sometimes people get a little too excited about sports, even if that sport is youth hockey. A parent gave a great example of this at recent tournament in York, Penn., when he became upset with a missed penalty call.

The father slaps the glass which somehow deteriorates under his hand sending shards all over the ice.

The York Daily Record spoke with the arena’s president, who said the man wedding ring concentrated the impact causing the safety glass to crumble.

“He broke the (wedding) ring,” Menzer said. “Apparently, his hand wasn’t in great shape either.”

Be sure to listen closely for the parent who drops a perfect “Way to go, Paul” after the refs stop the game while the glass is cleaned up.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle

Randy Carlyle takes questions after the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Nashville Predators 9-2 on Nov. 18, 2014.
Steve Russell—Toronto Star/Getty Images Randy Carlyle takes questions after the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Nashville Predators 9-2 on Nov. 18, 2014.

Carlyle had been with the Maple Leafs for three full seasons since taking over late in the 2011-2012 season

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Randy Carlyle, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs have lost seven of their last 10 games, dropping to fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a one-point lead on the Boston Bruins for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

General manager David Nonis said the team couldn’t wait any longer to make a coaching change.

“I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication,” said Nonis. “It’s never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary.”

Carlyle, 58, was in his third full season with the Maple Leafs since taking over late in the 2011-2012 season. He compiled a 91-78-19 record in Toronto. The Maple Leafs made the playoffs just once under Carlyle, losing in seven games to the Bruins in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.

Prior to taking over the Maple Leafs, Carlyle was head coach of the Anaheim Ducks from 2006 until 2011. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in his first season at the helm.

Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will lead the team during Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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