Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Yeah, number one should be the moment the clock struck 0:00 in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final, when the Chicago Blackhawks clinched victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, earning their third Stanley Cup in the last six years.
However, that’s too obvious, so this list will basically be the Top-5 memories from the Stanley Cup Playoffs excluding the moment the Hawks officially won the cup. Fair enough? Let’s get to it.
5. Andrew Shaw’s headbutt
May 19, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) headbutts the puck into the net past Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) and goalie Frederik Andersen (31) during the second overtime period in game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Yes, it was disallowed, but it sure was cool. With the score between the Hawks and Anaheim Ducks tied at 2-2 in the second overtime of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals, it appeared that Andrew Shaw scored a game-winning Power Play goal when he jumped into the air and headbutted a bouncing rebound past Ducks’ goalie Frederik Andersen.
Ultimately, the play would go under review and would eventually be disallowed. Despite the disappointment, all would turn out well in the third overtime when Marcus Kruger secured the actual game-winning goal.