Blackhawks, Bruins face off in 'original six' Finals
The hockey season is drawing to a close, and with the Stanley Cup Finals now set, it's shaping up to be a great finish. The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will kick off the championship series on Wednesday night in Chicago in a match up that will pit two of the most historic teams in the league against one another.
Both teams enter the battle with considerable momentum. The Bruins are coming off an impressive sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored just two goals in four games after being among the most high-powered teams in the league during the regular season. As for the Blackhawks, Chicago downed the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in just five games in the Western Conference Finals after battling back from a 3-1 deficit against the Detroit Red Wings in the previous round.
Perhaps the most interesting story line is that the Bruins and Blackhawks are two of the original six NHL teams. Between them, they have 10 Stanley Cup titles, and this marks the first time since 1979 that two of the original six teams played in the finals (the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers).
The Finals certainly won't be lacking star power. The Bruins feature a number of well-known skaters - David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara just to name a few - while the Blackhawks have some of the most talented players in the NHL with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.