BOSTON -- Facing the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals gave the Chicago Blackhawks the chance to beat the team that has been the gold standard in the NHL for the better part of two decades.
When the 2013-14 season begins in October, a lot of other franchises may be looking at Chicago as the NHL's new model franchise.
The Blackhawks became the first franchise to win the Stanley Cup twice in the salary cap era Monday night by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 at TD Garden in Game 6 of the Final. Given the construction of their roster, they might not be done.
"Two times. Two times in four years. There is something about this core," Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane said. "We've got to stay together, because I think we can do some special things in the future."
There have been several new contenders for the title of top organization in the NHL since 2005, when the salary-cap era began. Other clubs have tried to build a consistent contender in the mold of the Red Wings, who won their fourth Cup in an 11-year span in 2008.