2. 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks
ESPN ranked this team the best NHL team of the 2010s decade. I disagree, but I have been wrong before.
Coming into the 2009-10 NHL Season, the Blackhawks surprised the hockey world with their run to the Western Conference Finals a year prior. Not many people expected the young guns in Chicago to make the playoffs in 2009, let alone be 3 games shy of the Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago ended up losing to Detroit in 5 games, something they would get vengeance for in 2013. The hockey world was put on watch coming into this season, and the Blackhawks delivered.
The Blackhawks brought in veteran players like John Madden and Marian Hossa. They would stand behind their young captain Jonathan Toews, young star Patrick Kane, and bring in rookie goaltender, Antti Niemi, to lead the team in net.
Finishing the season in 1st place with a record of 52-22-8 with 112 points, the Blackhawks were heading in the right direction. Facing the Nashville Predators in Round 1, Chicago dropped 2 of the first 3 games and now needed to find a spark to come out hot in Game 4.
The Blackhawks would win the next 3 games, with a special win coming in Game 5, where Marian Hossa had a magical goal in overtime, after taking a 5-minute major penalty that cost Chicago a goal in the last few minutes of the game to send it to overtime.
The Blackhawks came out fast in Game 2 against Vancouver and went up 3-1 in the series during the second round, where they’d win the series in 6 games. They’d keep their momentum going by winning 9 games in a row, including a sweep in the Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks, and a 2-0 start in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Blackhawks would drop Games 3 and 4 against Philly, but would take Game 5 on home ice and win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years during overtime in Game 6, with a shot that no one saw go in the net besides young winger, Patrick Kane.
This would only be the beginning of 3 Cups in 6 seasons where the Chicago Blackhawks would start their modern-day dynasty.