For the first time since 1979, a pair of "Orignal Six" teams will face off for the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins are the last teams skating and the puck drops in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday in Chicago.
Stanley Cup Final
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
As holders of the Presidents' Trophy, the Blackhawks open the best-of-seven series at home in Chicago. Of course, a trip to the Windy City for Game 1 shouldn't faze the Eastern Conference champion Bruins, who won their first road game in each series during their postseason run.
Although the Blackhawks and Bruins are two of the most storied franchises in the NHL, these two groups of players haven't seen each other in a while. Thanks to the lockout-shortened season, the Blackhawks and Bruins haven't faced off since Oct. 15, 2011, according to NHL.com.
"It's a special couple places, the tradition of the Bruins and the Hawks is special," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said ahead of Game 1, via The Associated Press. "I'm sure, you know, the rivalry could return instantly come Game 1. I think it's good for the league. It's good for hockey. Two great hockey markets. We're very excited to be a part of it."
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Shaw knees the puck past Rask for the winner. It was the second deflection the puck took after leaving Roszival's stick.
Daugavins sent in on Crawford with an open shot near post but he tries to go past Crawford for backhand shot. He can't finish the move and the game continues.
This is now 5th-longest game in Cup Final history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 3 years ago
Bruins seem stronger thus far in the third but Hawks are getting their chances on the counter.
Bruins building, building, building ... but Crawford is up to the task when the shot eventually comes.
Blackhawks kill off power play and everyone is full strength... until the next time there are too many men on the ice.
Third overtime has begun. Bruins still on the power play. Bergeron with an early shot.
Chara off the post in the final seconds and Lucic couldn't smack home the rebound. What a flurry. And we're going to the sixth period.
The power play is underway as the final seconds of the second OT tick away. A shot hits the post! So close. Official waving no goal as play continues.
That's another too many men on the ice penalty in this game. Power play for Bruins.
We have reached the longest game of the NHL season now. If you like good hockey, you're not complaining either.— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) 4 years ago
That gets the crowd going. On and off the ice, energy is flagging.
Frollick pounced on an fortunate bounce and quickly rifled a shot at Rask's net. It went high and wide but until those things became apparent it felt like that could've been the finale.
Bruins ice puck with 9:59 left, just in time for the ice crew to do its job. Boston catches a huge break. Can rest up for in-zone faceoff.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) 4 years ago
Just end it already #bruins #miniheartattack— bryce brentz (@Bbrentz7) 1 year ago
Bickell had a strong shot from Rask's right and goalie was screened but puck comes through the crowd and exits safely. Bruins survive it. They skate on.
I don't watch much hockey, but for me the MVP of this match is Doc Emrick.— Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) 4 years ago
Patrick Kane seems to be the only guy with any energy left #bigredmonster— Scott Isaacs (@ScottIsaacs) 4 years ago
This time from up close, Kane gets another look but can't control his shot.
Hawks camped in Bruins' zone. Kane fires wide from distance.
Both OTs of Bruins-Blackhawks have been some great, great stuff. Doc Emrick providing the soundtrack is a major plus, too.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) 4 years ago
Frolik and Toews with good chances below the goal line, but Rask stands tall. 16:19 left in the 2nd OT. #CHIvsBOS— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) 5 years ago
Seguin bearing down on net but Crawford turns him away.
Horton not on the #Bruins bench for second OT. Huge loss, obviously— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) 2 years ago
#Bruins Tuukka Rask has 44 saves tonight in 80 minutes, 10 more than Corey Crawford.— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) 4 years ago
The Bruins and Hawks are still level after four periods. On we go.