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Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Blackhawks ready for Bruins in Stanley Cup Final

Sunday, 06.09.2013 / 12:03 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Chicago Blackhawks' to-do list for this season included winning the Central Division title, finishing first in the Western Conference, capturing the Presidents' Trophy as the regular-season champion, and earning a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

After accomplishing all of those tasks, there's one item left on their list: Bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago.

The Blackhawks earned a chance to do that Saturday by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime to wrap up a five-game victory in the Western Conference Final. The only team remaining between Chicago and regaining the Cup it won in 2010 is the team that succeeded the Blackhawks as champion: the Boston Bruins, who swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final.

Like the Bruins, the Blackhawks got one scare during their three playoff rounds, overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals one round after the Bruins blew a 3-1 series lead and had to overcome a 4-1 third-period deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7.

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2013 Stanley Cup Final schedule

Sunday, 06.09.2013 / 12:03 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, June 12, in Chicago.

Based on their superior regular-season point total, the Western Conference Champion Chicago Blackhawks will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.

Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary, will be hosted by the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins.

In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 4 of the Final and, if necessary, Games 5-7. NBC Sports Network will telecast Games 2 and 3.

In Canada, CBC and RDS will televise the entire series.

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