The Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks have had a rivalry in the NHL for many years, and both teams had earned a respectable amount of Stanley Cups in their past. From 2009 to 2014 the Blackhawks and Kings had one five out of six of the Stanley Cups. During the 2014 Western Conference Final was the tipping point for the six year long rivalry. Game five of the playoff series went into double overtime, and game seven also went well over the regulated time for an average playoff game. This game saw the Blackhawks carry out a strong lead, but by the time the game tied and went into overtime it was Jarret Stoll who ended up making the winning goal for the Kings. The LA Kings ended up just beating the Blackhawks in overtime in game seven which allowed them to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup final led to a huge breakout of riots in the streets of Vancouver due to the outcome of the game. The Boston Bruins versus the Vancouver Canucks was a memorable event because of the tough loss the Canucks endured that night. The Bruins had won the game 4-0 with two of the four goals made by Brad Marchand. This game was the first time the Boston Bruins had won a Stanley Cup Championship since 1972. The riots that took place after this game are what makes it so memorable, Although the Canucks had put up a good fight throughout the playoff series it was unfortunate when they had lost. The riots took place July 15, 2011 where Jerseys of both teams were set on fire along with overturned vehicles on the streets as well.
This playoff series of the NHL's New York Rangers versus the New Jersey Devils had fans on the edge of their seats. During Game 5 the Devils had beaten the Rangers, leaving the New York team trailing 2-3 behind the New Jersey natives. Captain Mark Messier promised the press that the Rangers would make up for the tough loss in Game 6 of the play off series and did not disappoint when he scored a hat trick which sent both teams into Game 7 with a tied score. Game 7 ended up going into double overtime, where the Rangers finally defeated the Devils because of a goal made by Stephane Matteau, a player acquired due to a trading deadline and not known for his scoring ability. The Rangers eventually went on to defeat the Vancouver Canucks ending 54 years for the Rangers without a Stanley Cup victory.
This game was the NHL Stanley Cup Finals where the Colorado Avalanche played against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils were also the defending Stanley Cup champions but were defeated by the Colorado team in 2-1 win which was only the second Stanley Cup the team has ever won. Defensemen Raymond Bourque crying while lifting up the cup in victory is remembered as one of the most iconic moments in NHL history because of the pure release of happiness shown on Bourque's face. Bourque shortly retired after this team victory perhaps because he felt that he had achieved everything he wanted to during his hockey career. This game drew fans in as two decades of hard work were finally playing out on the ice that night. The Avalanche team had also won 52 games during the 2000-2001 season, which was the most in the franchise's whole history.
During this seven game series in the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals, both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals put in a tough fight to come out on top. The most work was put into game 2 of the series both Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ocechkin had completed hat tricks. Crosby and Ocechkin had scored a total of 8 goals each during the series. This game kept fans extremely entertained and encapsulated by the fight put up by the Capitals. Although it was the Capitals very own Steckel's goal that pushed them over the edge to win game 2. Two different team members completing a hat trick during one playoff game is extremely unique which is why this playoff game is so memorable. The Penguins ended up winning the series 4-3 with a score of 6-2 rout in game seven. The Capitals and Penguins both put up great fights during the series and proved to be worthy opponents of each other.
The Stanley Cup playoffs is an elimination style tournament where four rounds of best of seven games are played to determine the league champion and who will ultimately win the Stanley cup. There are two conferences for the East and West where the eight teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs. The East conference is for National Hockey League teams based in the East coast and the West conference is for NHL teams based in the west coast.
For the 2019 NHL playoffs 8 teams played against each other for the Eastern and Western conferences.
For the Eastern conference: Tampa Bay lighting, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the New Jersey Devils.
For the Western conference: Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Vegas Golden Knights, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Colorado Avalanche. The St. Louis Blues ended up winning the Stanley cup overall.
The Montreal Canadians have won the most Stanley cups since 1915. This NHL team has won the cup a total of 24 times from 1915 to 2019. The team with the second highest number of wins is the Toronto maple leafs with 13 wins under their belt. The third team with the third highest number of wins is the Detroit Red Wings with 11 wins. The fourth team with the fourth highest number of wins is the Boston Bruins with 6 wins for Massachusetts.
As of 2020 there are 11 teams that have never won a Stanley cup. These teams are: Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Winnipeg Jets. However, it is not surprising that the Vegas Golden Knights have not won a Stanley Cup yet because they are still a relatively new team, only starting in the 2017-2018 season. The Golden Knights have a high possibility of winning due to their team performance over their past two seasons together.