BOSTON – With the Chicago Blackhawks thrilling double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals match is set between the Boston Bruins and their Original Six counterparts, the Chicago Blackhawks.
It will be the first time the two storied hockey franchises have battled directly against each other for the Stanley Cup, and the seventh time overall that the two franchises have met in the playoffs. It is also the first Original Six match in the Stanley Cup Finals since the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers faced each other back in 1979. Above and beyond all of that, it should be a phenomenal playoff series between two deep, well-balanced teams that have the ability to play both offense and defense at the elite level.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the obvious superstars on the Hawks, but Duncan Keith, Bryan Bickell, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharpe give Chicago a deep reserve of two-way talent. It should make for a fascinating match, and it will also give the NHL a team that will have won the Cup twice in the span of the last few years – an impressive feat in the salary cap era of the NHL.
The series will get started Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago at 8 p.m., and the best-of-seven Cup Finals could potentially go all the way to June 26 if they need seven games to decide a winner.
Here is the schedule as announced by the NHL immediately after Saturday night’s Blackhawks/Kings game was finalized:
Game 1 - Wednesday, June 12th - Boston @ Chicago 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
Game 2 - Saturday, June 15th - Boston @ Chicago 8 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, RDS)
Game 3 - Monday, June 17th - Chicago @ Boston 8 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, RDS)
Game 4 - Wednesday, June 19th - Chicago @ Boston 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
Game 5* - Saturday, June 22nd - Boston @ Chicago 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
Game 6* - Monday, June 24th - Chicago @ Boston 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
Game 7* - Wednesday, June 26th - Boston @ Chicago 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS)
* if necessary