The Chicago Blackhawks capped off one of the historic seasons in professional sports history with their 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday. The Stanley Cup champions started the season with 24 games without a regulation loss. The title validated Chicago's regular-season success.

Or did it? One could argue the results of the season were tainted by the NHL lockout that lasted from September to January. The season was shortened to 48 games, and preseason rituals were out of sync.

The Blackhawks became the eighth major sports franchise to win a championship in a lockout or strike-shortened season. Each team experienced its own set of quirks, some serving as challenges and others as boosts.

* The first 18 games of the 1995 MLB season were cancelled because of the strike that carried over from 1994, but this is generally not regarded as a shortened season. The Braves beat the Indians in the World Series.

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