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2015 Stanley Cup Finals
2015StanleyCupFinals.png
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 Games
Tampa Bay Lightning  1 4 3 1 1 0 2
Chicago Blackhawks  2 3 2 2 2 2 4
Location: Tampa Bay: Amalie Arena
Chicago: United Center
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Tampa Bay: Jon Cooper
Chicago: Joel Quenneville
Captains: Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos
Chicago: Jonathan Toews
National anthem: Tampa Bay: Sonya Bryson
Chicago: Jim Cornelison
Dates: June 3–15
MVP: Duncan Keith[1]
Series-winning
goal:
Duncan Keith (17:13, second, G6)
Networks: Canada (English): CBC
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States: NBC and NBCSN
Announcers: (CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
(TVA) Félix Séguin, Patrick Lalime[2]
(NBC/NBCSN) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire[3]
 < 2014 Stanley Cup Finals  

The 2015 Stanley Cup Final, commonly known as the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, was the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2014–15 season, and the culmination of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. This was the 122nd year of the Stanley Cup's presentation. The Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two to win their sixth championship in franchise history, and their third title in six seasons. The Lightning, as the club with the better regular-season record, held home-ice advantage in the series. The best-of-seven series was played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, with Tampa Bay hosting games one, two, five and seven; and Chicago hosting games three, four and six. Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane led the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs in points scored with 23 points each.[4] The series started June 3 and ended on June 15.[5][6]

Teams[edit]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

This was Tampa Bay's second Finals appearance after winning the Cup in 2004. Since their win in 2004, the Lightning lost in the Conference Finals in 2011 in seven games to the Boston Bruins. The Lightning were eliminated in the first round in 2006, 2007, and 2014.

The Lightning entered the 2014–15 season with major re-signings during the off-season including center Tyler Johnson, wingers Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat, and goalie Ben Bishop. In free agency, Tampa Bay picked up center Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman from the New York Rangers and Brenden Morrow from the St. Louis Blues. The team made two trades to bolster the defense, picking up Jason Garrison at the 2014 draft and Braydon Coburn just before the 2015 trade deadline.

Tampa Bay compiled 108 points (50 wins, 24 losses and eight overtime losses) during the regular season to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. Center and team captain Steven Stamkos finished second in goal-scoring during the regular season with 43 goals.[7] Earlier in the season, Head Coach Jon Cooper nicknamed the team's second line of Johnson, Palat and winger Nikita Kucherov as the "Triplets" because they were so in sync;[8] at the mid-season in January, the three players led the League in plus-minus.[9]

In the playoffs, the Lightning eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, Montreal in six games, and the Rangers in the Conference Finals in seven games. They became the first post-1967 expansion team to beat three Original Six teams on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and the only team in NHL history to face an Original Six team at every stage of the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

This was Chicago's third Final appearance in six seasons; they won the Cup in both 2010 and 2013. This was their 13th appearance overall, and they were seeking their 6th overall Cup championship.

The Blackhawks entered the 2014 off-season after being eliminated in the Conference Finals in seven games by the eventual 2014 Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Major free agent acquisitions during the offseason included center Brad Richards and winger Daniel Carcillo from the Rangers.[10][11] Approaching the NHL trade deadline in early March, Chicago traded for defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers,[12] center Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes,[13] and center Andrew Desjardins from the San Jose Sharks.[14]

Chicago finished in third place in the Central Division, earning 102 points (48 wins, 28 losses, and 6 overtime losses). Goalie Corey Crawford tied the Canadiens' Carey Price as the William M. Jennings Trophy recipient for allowing a League-low 189 goals during the regular season.

In the playoffs, the Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games, swept the Minnesota Wild, and defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the Conference Finals in seven games. The Blackhawks entered the Finals as the favorites due to their championship experience.[citation needed]

Series[edit]

Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the entire four rounds of the playoffs

Game one[edit]

In game one, Tampa Bay struck first with a deflected goal by Alex Killorn at 4:31 in the first period. The Lightning nursed the lead into the third period with a strong conservative defensive effort, but the Blackhawks scored twice in quick succession late in the third period on goals by Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette to win 2–1. By assisting on Vermette's goal, Teravainen became the second-youngest player (at 20 years and 265 days) in NHL history, after Jaromir Jagr in 1991, to have a multi-point game in the Stanley Cup final.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TB Alex Killorn (8) Anton Stralman (7) and Valtteri Filppula (9) 04:31 1–0 TB
2nd None
3rd CHI Teuvo Teravainen (3) Duncan Keith (17) and Andrew Shaw (6) 13:28 1–1
CHI Antoine Vermette (3) Teravainen (5) 15:26 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Andrew Shaw Tripping 06:14 2:00
TB Jason Garrison Cross-checking 16:48 2:00
2nd TB Alex Killorn High-sticking 00:28 2:00
TB Bench (served by Steven Stamkos) Too many men on the ice 09:48 2:00
CHI Kris Versteeg Goaltender interference 13:28 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Chicago 7 6 8 21
Tampa Bay 10 8 5 23

Game two[edit]


Jason Garrison's power play goal at 8:49 of the third period proved to be the difference in Tampa Bay's victory in game two. Lightning starting goaltender Ben Bishop had left the game moments earlier for undisclosed reasons and was replaced with Andrei Vasilevskiy. Because he was on the ice during Garrison's winning goal, Vasilevskiy was credited with his first playoff victory, and became the first goalie to win a Finals game in relief since Lester Patrick helped the New York Rangers defeat the Montreal Maroons in overtime of game two of the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, 2–1.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TB Cedric Paquette (2) Ryan Callahan (4) and Victor Hedman (10) 12:56 1–0 TB
2nd CHI Andrew Shaw (5) Marcus Kruger (2) and Andrew Desjardins (3) 03:04 1–1
CHI Teuvo Teravainen (4) – pp Marian Hossa (10) and Patrick Sharp (9) 05:20 2–1 CHI
TB Nikita Kucherov (10) Jason Garrison (4) and Braydon Coburn (3) 06:52 2–2
TB Tyler Johnson (13) Nikita Kucherov (11) 13:58 3–2 TB
3rd CHI Brent Seabrook (7) Jonathan Toews (10) and Johnny Oduya (5) 03:38 3–3
TB Jason Garrison (2) – pp Victor Hedman (11) and Ryan Callahan (5) 08:49 4–3 TB
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Johnny Oduya Tripping 18:28 2:00
2nd TB Alex Killorn Hooking 04:26 2:00
TB Braydon Coburn Holding 09:24 2:00
3rd CHI Patrick Sharp Slashing 04:59 2:00
CHI Patrick Sharp High-sticking 07:17 2:00
TB Andrej Sustr Delay of game (puck over glass) 13:08 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Chicago 11 8 10 29
Tampa Bay 12 10 2 24

Game three[edit]

The series switched to Chicago for game three. There was some debate who would start for Tampa Bay, but regular starter Ben Bishop started the game for Tampa Bay. For the third time in a row, Tampa Bay struck first, on Ryan Callahan's slapshot goal at 5:09 of the first. Brad Richards tied it up on a power-play goal and the teams were tied after the first period. The first period was dominated by Chicago, who outshot Tampa Bay 19–7. The second period was dominated by Tampa Bay, which outshot Chicago 17–7, but there was no scoring. In the third period, Brandon Saad gave Chicago its first lead at 4:14, but Tampa Bay countered on the next shift on a goal by Ondrej Palat to tie the score once again. Late in the third period, Victor Hedman led a rush down ice for Tampa Bay and passed to Cedric Paquette who scored to put the Lightning ahead again. The Lightning were able to defend their lead to win the game 3–2 and take a series lead two games to one.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TB Ryan Callahan (2) Victor Hedman (12) and J. T. Brown (1) 05:09 1–0 TB
CHI Brad Richards (3) – pp Marian Hossa (11) and Andrew Shaw (7) 14:22 1–1
2nd None
3rd CHI Brandon Saad (7) Marian Hossa (12) and Duncan Keith (18) 04:14 2–1 CHI
TB Ondrej Palat (8) Nikita Kucherov (12) and Tyler Johnson (10) 04:27 2–2
TB Cedric Paquette (3) Victor Hedman (13) and Ryan Callahan (6) 16:49 3–2 TB
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Brandon Saad Cross-checking 08:12 2:00
TB Braydon Coburn Tripping 08:12 2:00
TB Braydon Coburn Hooking 12:42 2:00
2nd TB Nikita Kucherov Tripping 08:53 2:00
CHI Bryan Bickell Roughing 15:18 2:00
CHI Brandon Saad Goaltender interference 15:52 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay 7 17 8 32
Chicago 19 7 12 38

Game four[edit]

The Lightning chose to rest injured goaltender Ben Bishop for game four in favor of rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning protected Vasilevskiy with tight defensive play, allowing only two shots by the Blackhawks in the first period, which was scoreless. For the first time in the series, the Blackhawks scored the first goal, on a goal by Jonathan Toews at 6:40 of the second. Alex Killorn tied it for the Lightning at 11:47 and the game was tied 1–1 after two periods. In the third, the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad muscled his way to the goal and scored on a backhand past Vasilevskiy at 6:22 to put the Blackhawks ahead. The game's pace picked up as the Lightning tried to tie the score but the Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made several outstanding saves to shut out Tampa Bay the rest of the way. The win tied the series at two games apiece. It was the first time since 1968 that the first four Stanley Cup Final games were all decided by one goal.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd CHI Jonathan Toews (10) Patrick Sharp (10) and Marian Hossa (13) 06:40 1–0 CHI
TB Alex Killorn (9) Valtteri Filppula (10) and Steven Stamkos (11) 11:47 1–1
3rd CHI Brandon Saad (8) Patrick Kane (11) 06:22 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st CHI Brent Seabrook Interference 09:10 2:00
TB Jason Garrison Interference 11:41 2:00
CHI Jonathan Toews High sticking 12:42 2:00
CHI Kimmo Timonen Hooking 16:33 2:00
TB Alex Killorn High sticking 19:08 2:00
2nd CHI Brent Seabrook Cross-checking 07:19 2:00
3rd TB Steven Stamkos Delay of game (puck over glass) 01:04 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay 9 8 8 25
Chicago 2 12 5 19

Game five[edit]


The series returned to Tampa for game five and Ben Bishop returned to the net for the Lightning. The Blackhawks scored first for the second consecutive game, this time on a miscue by Bishop and Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. The two collided and Patrick Sharp skated to the empty net with the puck at 6:11 of the first, a lead they held until 10:53 of the second when Valtteri Filppula scored to tie the score 1–1. The teams were tied going into the third, but Antoine Vermette scored for the Blackhawks at 2:00 of third and the lead held up as the Blackhawks played tight defence the rest of the way. The Blackhawks took the lead in the series three games to two, to give themselves a chance to win the Cup at home, something the franchise has not done since 1938. For the second time in Finals history and the first since 1951, all games of the series through game five have been decided by one goal, with neither team leading by more than one goal.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st CHI Patrick Sharp (5) Teuvo Teravainen (6) and Jonathan Toews (11) 06:11 1–0 CHI
2nd TB Valtteri Filppula (4) Jason Garrison (5) and Anton Stralman (8) 10:53 1–1
3rd CHI Antoine Vermette (4) Kris Versteeg (1) 02:00 2–1 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st None
2nd TB Cedric Paquette Hooking 00:47 2:00
CHI Brandon Saad Slashing 11:25 2:00
3rd TB Bench (served by Jonathan Drouin) Too many men on the ice 19:51 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Chicago 14 8 7 29
Tampa Bay 5 12 15 32

Game six[edit]


In game six, the teams were tied 0–0 after the first period. In the first period, Steven Stamkos put a shot off the crossbar and was stopped on a breakaway early in the second by Corey Crawford but it was the Blackhawks who scored first on a goal by Duncan Keith on a rebound of his own shot near the end of the second period to put Chicago ahead 1–0 after two periods. In the third period, the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scored on a pass from Brad Richards to put the 'Hawks ahead 2–0, the first two-goal lead of the series. The Blackhawks then frustrated the Lightning the rest of the way to win the game 2–0, a shutout for Crawford and the Stanley Cup championship. It was revealed after the game that the Lightning's goaltender Ben Bishop had played with a torn groin muscle since game two and Tyler Johnson was playing with a fractured wrist, injured in game one. This was also the first time since 1938 that the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on home ice.[15]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd CHI Duncan Keith (3) Patrick Kane (12) and Brad Richards (10) 17:13 1–0 CHI
3rd CHI Patrick Kane (11) Brad Richards (11) and Brandon Saad (3) 14:46 2–0 CHI
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st TB Cedric Paquette Tripping 08:35 2:00
TB Brian Boyle Roughing 08:35 2:00
2nd TB Ondrej Palat Elbowing 19:13 2:00
3rd CHI Andrew Desjardins Tripping 16:21 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay 4 7 14 25
Chicago 13 10 9 32

Series quotes[edit]

They've waited a long time for this to be at home. Slipped in front and Crawford, another block. Five to go! For the third time in six years, the Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions!

Mike Emrick, final call made on NBC.[16]

For the third time in six seasons, it's One Goal achieved! The Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup! The Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup! The Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup! The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup! Lord Stanley, the Blackhawks organization along with the greatest fans in all of hockey welcome you back to your new home, Chicago, Illinois, in the U.S. of A!

John Wiedeman, final call made on WGN (AM)[17]

Countdown is on! 2015 Stanley Cup champions are the Chicago Blackhawks!

Jim Hughson, final call made on CBC/Hockey Night in Canada.[18]

Rosters[edit]

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
29 Canada Bickell, BryanBryan Bickell LW L 29–10729 2004 Bowmanville, Ontario second (2013)
13 Canada Carcillo, DanielDaniel Carcillo LW L 30 2014 King City, Ontario third (2010, 2013)
50 Canada Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford G L 30–17530 2003 Montreal, Quebec second (2013)
26 Canada Cumiskey, KyleKyle Cumiskey D L 28 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia first
33 United States Darling, ScottScott Darling G L 26 2014 Newport News, Virginia first
11 Canada Desjardins, AndrewAndrew Desjardins LW L 28 2015 Lively, Ontario first
4 Sweden Hjalmarsson, NiklasNiklas Hjalmarsson D L 27-01827 2005 Eksjö, Sweden third (2010, 2013)
81 Slovakia Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW L 36–16336 2009 Stara Ľubovna, Czechoslovakia fifth (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
88 United States Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane RW L 26–21726 2007 Buffalo, New York third (2010, 2013)
2 Canada Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith – A D L 31–34331 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba third (2010, 2013)
16 Sweden Kruger, MarcusMarcus Kruger C L 25-02825 2009 Stockholm, Sweden second (2013)
42 Sweden Nordstrom, JoakimJoakim Nordstrom C L 23 2010 Stockholm, Sweden first
27 Sweden Oduya, JohnnyJohnny Oduya D L 33–26633 2012 Stockholm, Sweden second (2013)
31 Finland Raanta, AnttiAntti Raanta G L 26 2013 Rauma, Finland first
91 Canada Richards, BradBrad Richards C L 35–23635 2014 Murray Harbour, P.E.I. third (2004, 2014)
32 Czech Republic Rozsival, MichalMichal Rozsival D R 36–29436 2012 Vlasim, Czechoslovakia second (2013)
5 Sweden Rundblad, DavidDavid Rundblad D R 24 2013 Lycksele, Sweden first
20 United States Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad LW L 22–24022 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania second (2013)
7 Canada Seabrook, BrentBrent Seabrook D R 30-06530 2003 Richmond, British Columbia third (2010, 2013)
10 Canada Sharp, PatrickPatrick Sharp – A LW R 33–17933 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba third (2010, 2013)
65 Canada Shaw, AndrewAndrew Shaw RW R 23–33923 2011 Belleville, Ontario second (2013)
86 Finland Teravainen, TeuvoTeuvo Teravainen RW L 20 2012 Helsinki, Finland first
44 Finland Timonen, KimmoKimmo Timonen D L 40 2015 Kuopio, Finland second (2010)
19 Canada Toews, JonathanJonathan Toews – C C L 27-05627 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba third (2010, 2013)
57 United States van Riemsdyk, TrevorTrevor van Riemsdyk D R 23 2014 Middletown, New Jersey first
80 Canada Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette C L 32 2015 Saint-Agapit, Quebec second (2007)
23 Canada Versteeg, KrisKris Versteeg LW R 29 2013 Lethbridge, Alberta second (2010)

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
30 United States Bishop, BenBen Bishop G L 28 2013 Denver, Colorado first
11 United States Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle C L 30–20530 2014 Hingham, Massachusetts second (2014)
23 United States Brown, J. T.J. T. Brown RW R 24 2013 Burnsville, Minnesota first
25 United States Carle, MattMatt Carle D L 30–20530 2012 Anchorage, Alaska second (2010)
55 Canada Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn D L 30–05830 2015 Calgary, Alberta second (2010)
24 United States Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan RW R 30 2014 Rochester, New York first
27 Canada Drouin, JonathanJonathan Drouin LW L 20 2013 Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec first
51 Finland Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula C L 31 2013 Vantaa, Finland third (2008, 2009)
5 Canada Garrison, JasonJason Garrison D L 30 2014 White Rock, British Columbia first
50 Latvia Gudlevskis, KristersKristers Gudlevskis G L 22 2013 Aizkraukle, Latvia first
77 Sweden Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman D L 24–35224 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden first
9 United States Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson C R 24 2011 Spokane, Washington first
17 Canada Killorn, AlexanderAlexander Killorn C L 25 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia first
86 Russia Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov RW L 21 2011 Maykop, Russia first
42 Canada Marchessault, JonathanJonathan Marchessault C R 24 2014 Cap-Rouge, Quebec first
10 Canada Morrow, BrendenBrenden Morrow LW L 36–29436 2014 Carlyle, Saskatchewan second (2000)
90 Russia Namestnikov, VladislavVladislav Namestnikov C L 22 2011 Voskresensk, Russia first
89 Russia Nesterov, NikitaNikita Nesterov D L 22 2011 Chelyabinsk, Russia first
18 Czech Republic Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat LW R 24 2011 Frydek-Mistek, Czechoslovakia first
13 Canada Paquette, CedricCedric Paquette C L 21 2012 Gaspe, Quebec first
91 Canada Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos – C C R 25-03825 2008 Markham, Ontario first
6 Sweden Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman D R 28 2014 Tibro, Sweden second (2014)
62 Czech Republic Sustr, AndrejAndrej Sustr D R 24 2013 Plzen, Czechoslovakia first
88 Russia Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy G L 20 2012 Tyumen, Russia first

Chicago Blackhawks – 2015 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

The 2015 Stanley Cup was presented to Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following the Blackhawks' 2–0 win over the Lightning in game six.

  • 1 Played both centre and wing.
Coaching and Administrative Staff:
  • Rocky Wirtz (Owner/Chairman/Governor), John McDonough (President/Chief Executive Officer/Alt. Governor), Jay Blunk (Executive Vice President)
  • Stan Bowman (General Manager), Al MacIsaac (Vice President Hockey Operations/Asst. to President), Norm Maciver (Assistant General Manager), Scotty Bowman (Senior Adviser, Hockey Operations)
  • Joel Quenneville (Head Coach), Kevin Dineen (Assistant Coach), Mike Kitchen (Assistant Coach), Jimmy Waite (Goaltending Coach), Matt Meacham (Video Coach)
  • Paul Goodman (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Kevin Delaney (Skating and Skills Development), Pierre Gauthier (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Barry Smith (Director of Player Development), Mark Kelly (Sr. Director of Amateur Scouting), Mike Gapski (Athletic Trainer), Troy Parchman (Equipment Manager)
  • Ryan Stewart (Director of Pro Scouting), Matts Halan (Director of European Scouting), Jeff Thomas (Asst. Athletic Trainer), Pawel Prylinski (Massage Therapist)
  • Jim Heintzleman (Asst. Equipment Manager), D.J. Kogut (Equipment Asst.), Jeff Uyenko (Equipment Asst.), Dr. Michael Terry (Head Team Physician)
Engraving notes:
  • Antti Raanta dressed in 54 regular season games, 13 more than the 41-game automatic inclusion limit. He played 14 games for Chicago. Raanta was sent to minors on Feb 22, 2015 when Scott Darling was recalled. Raanta rejoined Chicago on Apr 12, but did not dress in the playoffs.
  • Daniel Carcillo did not dress in any Stanley Cup playoff games, and dressed in only 39 regular season games, two shy of the 41-game automatic inclusion limit. Carcillo missed 12 regular season games, and all the playoff due to several injuries.
  • Joakim Nordstrom dressed in three Stanley Cup playoff games, but none in the Finals, and only dressed in 38 regular season games, three shy of the 41-game automatic inclusion limit. Nordstrom also played 23 games in the minors, before joining Chicago full-time on Feb 22, 2015.

Television[edit]

In the U.S., the Finals were split between NBC and NBCSN, called by NBC Sports' lead commentary team of Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire; it was originally announced that games two and three were to be broadcast by NBCSN, with the remainder on NBC. Game two was moved to NBC to serve as a lead-out for its coverage of the 2015 Belmont Stakes (itself marking the first time since 2002 that NBC had aired sports programming as a lead-out for a Triple Crown race) in favor of game four on NBCSN.[19] As Olczyk was also a contributor to NBC's Belmont coverage, he was absent during game two.[20][21][3]

In Canada, all six games were broadcast by CBC Television (through Hockey Night in Canada, as produced by Sportsnet through a brokerage agreement) in English, TVA Sports in French, and Omni Television in Punjabi.[22][23] These were the first Stanley Cup Finals under Rogers Communications' exclusive national broadcast rights to the NHL in Canada.[24][25][26]

This was the second-most watched Stanley Cup Finals on U.S. television since 1995, trailing only the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, with an average 3.2 Nielsen rating and 5.6 million viewers on NBC and NBCSN.[27] Game six was seen by 7.6 million viewers nationally on NBC. Ratings for game six were especially strong in Chicago and Tampa Bay: it was the most-watched NHL broadcast locally in Chicago history, and the second-highest in Tampa Bay.[28] By contrast, ratings in Canada dropped significantly, making it the lowest-rated Stanley Cup Final since 2009. Game six, facing competition from a Team Canada match in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the Toronto Blue Jays (which had seen increased ratings due to a major winning streak), was the lowest-rated deciding NHL playoff game on Canadian television since the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals.[29]

U.S. Ratings
Game Network Ratings
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1[30] NBC 3.3 5.547
2[31] NBC 3.9 6.549
3[32] NBCSN 2.2 3.896
4[19] NBCSN 2.2 3.914
5[33] NBC 3.0 5.260
6[34] NBC 4.4 8.005

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