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Bruins to face Blackhawks in Stanley Cup Final

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 8, 2013 10:38 PM

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The Bruins will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks won the Western Conference championship on Saturday by beating the defending Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, in double overtime in Game 5 in Chicago. Patrick Kane's third goal came at 11:40 of the second overtime to give the Blackhawks the win.

The Blackhawks, one of the NHL's Original Six teams along with the Bruins, were the top seed in the Western Conference and defeated the Minnesota Wild (4-1) and the Detroit Red Wings (4-3) in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Blackhawks had the best record in the NHL in the regular season (36-7, with 5 overtime losses), and began the season with 6 straight victories. They will have home-ice advantage in the final series, with Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 scheduled to be in Chicago.

The Bruins and Blackhawks did not meet in the regular season, although both have won Stanley Cups recently. The Bruins won in 2011, the Blackhawks won the year before.

The schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Wednesday at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game 2: Saturday at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Game 3: June 17 at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Game 4: June 19 at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game 5: June 22 at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBC)-x
Game 6: June 24 at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBC)-x
Game 7: June 26 at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBC)-x
x-if necessary

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