After three rounds of thrilling NHL playoff action, hockey fans have a Stanley Cup Final worth salivating over. The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins take center stage in a title showdown between proud and historic franchises.
These Original Six squads swiftly dismantled opponents in conference semifinal action, setting up a highly anticipated matchup. Boston swept away top-seeded Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Final, while Chicago eliminated defending champion Los Angeles in five games.
This series has everything you look for in a title bout. Superstars, emerging playmakers and exceptional execution fueled each team through three intense postseason series.
Now that four wins separate one squad from eternal greatness, let's examine the elements that should ultimately decide the outcome.