The Blackhawks made plenty of memories during their run to the 2015 Stanley Cup. Here are five favorites:
Blackhawks 5, Canadiens 0; Nov. 4
The Hawks weren't exactly flying high when they arrived in Montreal to face the Canadiens in an Original Six showdown. Losers of their previous two games and with an offense that was stagnant and ranked 25th in the league, coach Joel Quenneville mixed up the lines and the result was a shellacking of the Canadiens in front of a stunned crowd of 21,287 at the Bell Centre.
Jonathan Toews and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist and Brad Richards and Patrick Kane also scored to provide the offense for goaltender Corey Crawford. The Montreal native made 28 saves to earn his 11th career shutout.
Toews had an historic night as he scored his 200th career goal and later added his 250th career assist.
"It's nice to have had the career I've had so far," said Toews, who played in his 497th NHL game. "I've been part of a great team and hopefully it's the first step in a long journey. So we'll see where it goes."
Capitals 3, Blackhawks 2; Jan. 1
There's just something special about playing in the great outdoors. The Hawks braved the elements for the third time in recent seasons when they faced the Capitals at Nationals Park on New Year's Day. Bright sunshine caused a glare on the ice that Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said made play "kind of dangerous," but the game itself was a thriller in an idyllic setting.
Before a frosty crowd of 42,832, a phantom hooking penalty on Toews led to a late Capitals power play and Troy Brouwer, who helped lead the Hawks to the 2010 Stanley Cup, burned his old teammates when he spun and fired the puck past Crawford with 12.9 seconds remaining to give the Caps the victory.
"I don't know how much that play deserved a call, how much it had to do with maybe us getting a few more opportunities on the power play previously," Toews said. "They got the bounce they were looking for with 12 seconds or so left and we walk away with nothing. It's not a good feeling, especially with the excitement (with) the hype and the energy leading up to this game."
Blackhawks 1, Rangers 0; March 18
Bright lights, big city, no problem.
Scott Darling put on a memorable performance at one of the NHL's grandest stages when he blanked the Rangers before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. The goaltender from Lemont made 25 saves to record his first career shutout and help the Hawks win their fourth in a row and second in two nights.
"I'm just thrilled," said Darling, who was making his first appearance since Feb. 27. "It's an amazing stage to do it on. It feels great to get back in the net and do my job."
Darling got all the offense he needed when Brad Richards came back to haunt his former team with a highlight-reel goal at the 7:19 mark of the third period. The veteran center, who signed with the Hawks last summer after playing for the Rangers the previous three seasons, walked in alone and flipped a shot past goalie Cam Talbot.
Blackhawks 4, Sabres 3; April 3
When the Hawks rolled into Buffalo to face a Sabres team that appeared to be tanking games to ensure a top draft pick, it figured to be an easy victory for the visitors.
Not so fast.
After racing to an early two-goal advantage, the Hawks faltered and allowed the lowly Sabres to roar back and take a lead late in the third period. With the clock winding down toward an embarrassing defeat, Toews came to the rescue with two scores 47 seconds apart in the final two minutes to cap a stunning victory.
The game-winner, which came with 56 seconds remaining off a terrific Brandon Saad drop pass, was Toews' third in six days.
"He's a special player," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Toews. "The bigger the stage, the bigger the responses. He's driven in a different manner than a lot of players. Big-time week for him."
Blackhawks 5, Ducks 4 (2 OT); May 23
In a Western Conference finals series that often defied explanation, the Hawks and Ducks put on a breathtaking performance in Game 4 at the United Center.
Two early third-period scores appeared to have the Hawks headed toward a run-of-the-mill thrilling triumph when the Ducks reeled off three goals in 37 seconds to stun just about everyone in the building. Patrick Kane got the equalizer late in the period to set up overtime and Antoine Vermette ended it in the second extra session to help the Hawks even the best-of-seven series 2-2.
The celebration after Vermette fired in a rebound off his own shot almost brought down the United Center roof.
"The emotion, in the corner, it was pretty fun," Vermette said. "We had a good celebration. Hopefully, we can do that again."
The goal made a winner of Corey Crawford, who had 47 saves.
"These guys didn't quit," Crawford said of his teammates. "We didn't stop. We kept pushing."