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Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

NBC announcers excited for Stanley Cup Final

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 9:57 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Stanley Cup Final is the ultimate fun for hockey fans and broadcasters. But when two Original Six teams are involved, things get ratcheted up a bit higher.

For the first time since 1979, two Original Six clubs -- the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks -- will compete for the Stanley Cup when the series opens Wednesday at United Center in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

That bit of history is fun for the fans, a group that includes the three main on-air talents for NBC who will be broadcasting the game: Mike "Doc" Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.

"Original Six [teams] and wild fan bases that go back over generations, and this is going to be a thrill for us to be part of it and watch it all with you," Emrick said during a conference call Monday.

Olczyk knows well the passion that comes from being part of an Original Six team. He played for three in his 16-season NHL career -- the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers -- and works as an in-game analyst on Blackhawks television broadcasts.

"It is super special when you can have two Original Six teams meeting in the Stanley Cup Final," Olczyk said. "I think the Original Six adds a little extra pizzazz to the Stanley Cup Final. I think these are the two best teams that have earned the opportunity to play for the greatest trophy in the world. And there is something to the selling and the luster of the Stanley Cup Final with two Original Six teams in it."

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Blackhawks, Bruins to meet the media Tuesday

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 7:15 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins – who have won two of the past three championships – will compete for the Stanley Cup when the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final gets under way Wednesday in the Windy City.

The participants of this year’s Final will be present at the annual Media Day on Tuesday at United Center, and NHL.com and NHL Network have you covered.

Throughout the Stanley Cup Final, NHL.com will stream NHL Network original programming in addition to delivering original content created by a team of reporters, writers and videographers. NHL.com will once again feature multiple camera choices for fans watching a live stream of NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Media Day, allowing them to pick from four podiums at any given time to ensure being able to catch interviews with their favorite player or coach.

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Shaw never backed away from goal of reaching NHL

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 5:00 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Andrew Shaw wears a black band on his right wrist, and that's as good a place as any to start a story about the undersized agitator who centers the Chicago Blackhawks' third line.

The white lettering stamped on it is a little faded, but Shaw wears it every day and it's symbolic of his hockey career. It says: "Ironworkers Local 721," and was given to him by a good friend in Toronto who is a member of that guild back when Shaw played for the Owen Sound Attack and won the 2010-11 Ontario Hockey League championship.

"I've just worn it ever since then," Shaw said Monday at United Center, two days before making a childhood dream come true by playing in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. "I just always wear it."

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Blackhawks turned corner with second-round rally

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 4:45 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- For most teams that win the Stanley Cup, there is a moment everyone remembers when it could have gone the other way.

When the Chicago Blackhawks won in 2010, they were trailing the Nashville Predators late in Game 5 of the opening round with Marian Hossa in the penalty box before tying the score in the final minute. For the Boston Bruins the following year, they needed overtime in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Sometimes a Cup run can't be fully realized until there is a galvanizing event, a turning point where everything begins to click.

Should the Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final and capture a second championship in four seasons, that point will be remembered as the time between Games 4 and 5 in the Western Conference Semifinals.

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Bruins' blue line has become great source of offense

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 3:35 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- It started the way most storms do, with a couple faint drops that hint at an upcoming downpour.

Defenseman Wade Redden scored the Boston Bruins' first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs late in the first period of Game 1 of the club's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Johnny Boychuk
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 6
SOG: 46 | +/-: 3
By the time the Bruins had won that game, Johnny Boychuk had also scored. Then the drops just kept coming. Boychuk scored again in Game 2, Adam McQuaid scored in Game 3. The Bruins won that series in seven games, and then the eye of the storm hit during the second round against the New York Rangers.

Torey Krug, just up from Providence of the American Hockey League, scored four goals as the Bruins eliminated the Rangers in five games. The deluge kept on coming during the Eastern Conference Final, capped by McQuaid scoring the only goal in the Bruins' sweep-clinching win.

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Rask the Conn Smythe choice of NHL.com voters

Monday, 06.10.2013 / 9:03 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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With only the Stanley Cup Final remaining, the race for the Conn Smythe Trophy is wide open.

At least that is what a poll of nine NHL.com writers taken after the end of the conference finals shows. Brian Compton, John Kreiser, Mike G. Morreale, Arpon Basu, Dan Rosen, Corey Masisak, Adam Kimelman, Tal Pinchevsky and Shawn P. Roarke all selected their three favorites to win the award. First-place votes were worth three points each, second place two points and third place one.

Amazingly, not a single player was named on all nine ballots.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask came closest -- named on seven ballots -- to lead the voting with 14 points. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford also was named on seven ballots, but  garnered 10 points to finish in a third-place tie.

The goalies will go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday with Game 1 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) at United Center.

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Bruins back in Cup Final with '11 roster mostly intact

Sunday, 06.09.2013 / 2:35 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- In the salary-cap era of the NHL, you never know how long a team will be able to keep its core and supporting cast together.

Just ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four years, but with a decidedly different band of role players complementing the core of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and others.

On the other side of this first Original Six matchup in the Final since 1979 are the Boston Bruins, who are back here for the second time in three years, having followed the Blackhawks' 2010 title with one of their own in 2011. The Bruins boast 17 players who skated in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs that also were members of that Cup winner.

Bruins coach Claude Julien isn't surprised to see his club back in the Final with so many familiar faces.

"I think so. I think that's why [general manager] Peter [Chiarelli] tried to keep the group together as much as he could," Julien said. "You're always going to lose a player or two here or there, but overall, we still believed that this team could get another opportunity to get there.

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Blackhawks vs. Bruins Stanley Cup Final preview

Sunday, 06.09.2013 / 3:00 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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Blackhawks

  Seed: 136-7-577 Pts.

Bruins

  Seed: 428-14-662 Pts.

The first Original Six Stanley Cup Final since 1979 is a reality.

In 1979, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers met in the Final with the Canadiens winning the last of four-straight titles with a five-game victory.

Now, the Boston Bruins, who swept the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Eastern Conference title, and the Chicago Blackhawks, who knocked out the defending champion Los Angeles Kings, renew their Original Six rivalry in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final with each looking to add to a recent championship. The Bruins won the Cup against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 -- succeeding the Blackhawks, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in 2010.

Game 1 is Wednesday at United Center in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Hawks-Bruins is first Original Six Final since '79

Sunday, 06.09.2013 / 12:55 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

The first Original Six Stanley Cup Final since 1979 is now a reality.

In 1979, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers met in the Final with the Canadiens winning the last of four straight titles with a five-game victory.

Thirty-four years later, the Boston Bruins, who swept the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Eastern Conference title, and the Chicago Blackhawks, who knocked out the defending champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, renew their Original Six rivalry in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. It's a meeting between two recent winners -- the Bruins won the Cup against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, succeeding the Blackhawks, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in 2010.

Game 1 is Wednesday at United Center in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Bruins back in Stanley Cup Final

Sunday, 06.09.2013 / 12:20 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

One year after watching the defense of the Stanley Cup they won in 2011 disappear in an opening-round upset, the Boston Bruins are four wins away from another championship.

The Bruins earned their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in three seasons Friday night by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 at TD Garden to complete a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference Final. It was their fifth consecutive victory and ninth in 10 games -- a streak that began with the now-famous third-period comeback in Game 7 of the opening round that led to a 5-4 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After that, the Bruins steamrolled the New York Rangers in five games before blitzing the top-seeded Penguins. They outscored Pittsburgh 12-2 behind a balanced attack, solid defense and checking -- and the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask, who stopped 134 of 136 shots, including 53 saves in a 2-1 double-overtime victory in Game 3 and 26 in the clincher.

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I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game