The Hawks advanced to the the by defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 5-3, in Game 7 at Honda Center on Saturday. The Lightning beat the New York Rangers, 2-0, in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Friday to advance to their first Cup Final since they won it all in 2004.
The Hawks will host Games 3, 4, and, if necessary, Game 6 as they finished the regular season with fewer points (102) then the Lightning (108), who will host Games 1, 2, and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7.
Here's the full schedule:
|Wednesday, June 3||7 p.m.||Amalie Arena||NBC|
|Saturday, June 6||6:15 p.m.||Amalie Arena||NBC|
|Monday, June 8||7 p.m.||United Center||NBCSN|
|Wednesday, June 10||7 p.m.||United Center||NBCSN|
|*Saturday, June 13||7 p.m.||Amalie Arena||NBC|
|*Monday, June 15||7 p.m.||United Center||NBC|
|*Wednesday, June 17||7 p.m.||Amalie Arena||NBC|
The Hawks are 2-0 in the Cup Final with coach Joel Quenneville behind the bench, having hoisted the Stanley Cup in Game 6 on the road in 2010 and 2013 for the franchise's fourth and fifth championships. The Lightning won their lone Cup Final appearance by beating the Calgary Flames in Game 7 at home in 2004.
The Hawks have never played the Lightning in the playoffs.
The two teams split their two-game season series with each team winning on home ice. The Hawks won the first meeting, 3-2, in a shootout Nov. 11 and the Lightning shut out the Hawks, 4-0, on Feb. 27.
In the Hawks' win, Patrick Kane roofed a backhand past Ben Bishop in the second round of the shootout, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves, including all three of Tampa Bay's shootout attempts. Brad Richards and Marcus Kruger each scored in regulation.
Bishop made 28 saves, and Steven Stamkos scored twice in the Lightning's win. Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan also scored on Hawks backup goaltender Scott Darling, who stopped 25 of 29 shots.
Four out of the last five games between the teams have needed more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome.