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Bruins, Blackhawks unfamiliar foes

CLAUDE JULIEN
CLAUDE JULIEN

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As Milan Lucic was being asked after Sunday’s practice what the Bruins know about the Blackhawks, the man at the stall next to him piped up: “We don’t know anything about them.”

Brad Marchand was joking, but he’s not far off.

After the Bruins got through their Eastern Conference playoff opponents — the Maple Leafs (four regular-season meetings), Rangers (three), and Penguins (three) — they’re faced with a bit of a mystery in the Stanley Cup Final. Boston didn’t play Chicago (or any other Western Conference opponent) this season, and hasn’t played the Blackhawks since Oct. 15, 2011.

The Bruins had played the Canucks just once (and won) in the regular season in 2010-11, when they beat them for the Stanley Cup.

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