Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks, Bruins set for NHL championship series (+video)
The Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in the Stanley Cup Final, the National Hockey League's version of a championship. It's a best-of-seven series, starting Wednesday night in the Windy City.
For the first time in 34 years, the National Hockey League (NHL) will have two "Original 6" teams playing for the championship. "Original 6" refers to the six NHL franchises in existence before the league began westward expansion in 1967.
The last time Original 6 teams played for the championship was 1979, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers, four games to one.
The Bruins and the Blackhawks start this quest for the Stanley Cup Wednesday night in Chicago, where Games 1 & 2 will be played. The scene shifts to Boston for Games 3 & 4 next week.
For the visiting Bruins, the offense starts with center David Krejci and the defense ends with goalie Tuukka Rask. Krejci, from the Czech Republic, leads all players in playoff scoring with nine goals and 12 assists.
Rask, a native of Finland, has a playoff-best save percentage of .943 in goal for the Bruins during the 2013 NHL playoffs.
"He's been arguably our best player this far," Boston forward Milan Lucic said after the Bruins arrived in Chicago on Tuesday, "and I hope he can keep it up."