When the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice at the United Center on Wednesday night it will be the first time since the Canadiens defeated the Rangers in five games during the 1979 Stanley Cup Final, that two Original Six teams will square off for hockey’s ultimate prize. This will also be the 120th presentation of Lord Stanley’s Cup, and for a season that was in doubt over whether it would even be played not more than a few months ago, this final has been billed to be one of the most epic in the history of the competition. This matchup will pit the speed of the top-seeded Blackhawks against the strength of the Eastern Conference’s fourth-seeded Bruins, with both ready to put everything on the line.
Both teams have young hot-shot goalies and battle-tested leaders, and both squads have had to win a game seven in the earlier rounds of the playoffs to reach this final chapter. The stage is set, and the players are in place, but if you’re still not sure if this spectacle deserves your viewership, check out, 5 Reasons to Watch the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Written by Adam Silvers (@silversurfer103)