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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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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final