PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Original Six is pushing hard to make it the Big Three.
Three seasons, three Stanley Cups.
The original six NHL teams that set the foundation for the league, before the 1967 expansion, are again in the mix to win the Stanley Cup. The Bruins won the Cup last season and Chicago in 2010. Throw in Detroit in 2008 and that makes three of the last four champions culled from an era of old school hockey.
This season, three of the founding fathers are in prime position to hoist the Cup. The New York Rangers have dominated the Eastern Conference and have no true threat for first place over the final month of the season. The Bruins are in contention to repeat as champions and Detroit could make it two titles in five seasons.
Chicago is in the mix, though their championship hopes rest so much on injured center Jonathan Toews making a strong recovery from concussion-like symptoms. Only Montreal and Toronto, who recently fired coach Ron Wilson, are out of contention for the Cup.