Blackhawks, Bruins battle for the Cup
Wednesday June 12 marks the start of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at Chicago's United Center. Both hockey clubs were a part of the original six NHL teams, yet have never battled against one another for the Cup. As the final four teams in the playoffs were the last four teams to clench the championship, the Hawks and Bruins will have the chance to hold up the Cup for a second time in three years.
The Bruins shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins in a sweep in the Eastern Conference, while the Blackhawks played hard in a second-overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on June 8 to snag a spot in the finals after a 4-1 series. Chicago started off the season with a record-breaking 24-game point streak (21-0-3), but had to put up a battle to defeat their conference rivals, the Detroit Red Wings.
The Blackhawks have a deep roster with Patrick Sharp and Brian Bickell as the leading scorers with eight goals each, and Patrick Kane won Saturday's game with a hat trick. But Chicago will have to face the Bruins, which has 19 players with a total of 22 championship rings. The Bruins won the Cup in 2011, and Chicago in 2010.