Blackhawks Game 6 Notes For Monday vs. Tampa Bay
* The Blackhawks beat the Lightning, 2-1, on Saturday night, and have now won all three of their games in this year’s Stanley Cup Final by the exact same score. Since Joel Quenneville took over head coaching duties in 2008-09, Chicago is 15-4 in potential series clinching games.
* Tampa Bay is 8-4 on the road during this year’s playoffs. Tonight marks the third time in the 2015 postseason that the Bolts will be facing elimination – they won the first two tilts, with both victories coming on the road (beat Red Wings, 5-2, in First Round and defeated the Rangers, 2-0, in Conference Finals).
* Chicago has played in 15 one-goal games during the 2015 playoffs – tied with the 2011 Canucks for second most of any team in a single postseason all-time (2006 Hurricanes played in 16).
* The first five games of this year’s Final have been decided by a single marker for just the second time in NHL history. Toronto and Montreal played five straight overtime games in 1951, with the Leafs prevailing, 4-1, in that matchup to win the Cup.
* Valtteri Filppula netted Tampa Bay’s lone marker in Game 5, and has now scored exactly one goal in each of the Lightning’s series during the 2015 playoffs. Filppula has lit the lamp five times in a single postseason once in his career – 2008 when he helped the Red Wings win the Cup.
* Nikita Kucherov was on the ice for just 1:17 in Game 5 before colliding with the goal post, and is a game-time decision for the Lightning tonight. Kucherov has 10 goals and 22 points during the 2015 playoffs, both of which are second on the team behind Tyler Johnson (13 goals, 23 points).
* Jonathan Toews assisted on Patrick Sharp’s first-period goal Saturday night, giving both players 10 goals and 11 assists during this year’s playoffs. Including Duncan Keith (2g, 18a), Chicago has three skaters with 20+ points in the 2015 postseason – tied with the 2010 Blackhawks for most in a single postseason in team history.
* The Lightning will be playing in their 26th playoff game of 2015 tonight, tying the 1987 Flyers, 2004 Flames and 2014 Kings for most of any team in a single postseason all-time.