The Blackhawks and Lightning will begin the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday after splitting their two meetings during the regular season.
Here’s a look back at how those games went:
Nov. 11, 2014, at United Center
Blackhawks 3, Lightning 2 (SO)
Goals: Lightning: Cedric Paquette, Nikita Kucherov; Blackhawks: Brad Richards, Marcus Kruger
Summary: Patrick Kane scored the lone goal in a shootout to win the game. The Hawks played a wide-open offensive style and stymied the Lightning’s attack early. The Hawks dominated possession and took 19 shots in the first period. They also held the Lightning to just one shot in the first 13 minutes — and that one shot found the back of the net. The Lightning prevented the Hawks from doing much damage on the power play, with goalie Ben Bishop stopping big chances from Kane, Brandon Saad, Richards and Marian Hossa.
Quoteworthy: “The first period was really fun,” Patrick Kane said. “I thought it was going to be a wide-open game. A lot of penalties kind of stopped the flow of the game, but they’re a good team and they like to go. So it was a fun matchup.”
Feb. 27, 2015, at Amalie Arena
Lightning 4, Blackhawks 0
Goals: Blackhawks: None; Lightning: Brian Boyle, Steven Stamkos 2, Ryan Callahan
Summary: The loss came at the end of the toughest stretch of the season for the Hawks. They’d won two in a row after a stretch in which they lost eight of their last 13. The Hawks won six of seven after the shutout loss. Scott Darling gave up four goals on 29 shots in his second start since being recalled from Rockford. The Hawks were 0 for 3 on the power play. Duncan Keith had a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers and six penalty minutes. Bishop made 28 saves for the Lightning.
Quoteworthy: “It’s been frustrating,” Patrick Sharp said. “Never gets any easier in this league. Every team’s out to get you, every team’s fighting down the stretch for points.”