5 keys to winning Stanley Cup finals
June, 8, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks and the Bruins square off for the Stanley Cup.In the spring of 2010, when Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane beat Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in Philadelphia, he launched his gloves into the air in celebration at just about the same moment the hockey world realized Kane had just won the Chicago Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since 1961. In that moment, most observers anticipated it wouldn't be long until Kane and the Hawks would get a chance at another one.
Sure, there was some salary to shed from that team, but with young stars like Kane, Jonathan Toews and a Norris Trophy-worthy defenseman in Duncan Keith anchoring the blueline, there was a core in place that gave this team a look of one that would compete for a while.