It was a hard, physical series for both teams -- who each came into it after seven-game thrillers in the conference semifinals. Chicago, however, won by doing exactly what the Blackhawks have done all season long. They came after the defending Stanley Cup champions in waves in all but the one game they lost, and eventually proved that L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick is human.
Outside of Game 3 at Staples Center, the Blackhawks never really gave Quick a chance to breathe and eventually snuffed out the Kings' hopes for becoming the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to win the Cup in back-to-back seasons.
Here are five key reasons the Blackhawks are heading into their second Stanley Cup Final in the past four seasons, after winning it all in 2010: