Blackhawks join Bruins for Original 6 Cup finals
UNDATED (AP)--The Chicago Blackhawks have joined the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, featuring Original Six franchise for the first time since 1979.
Chicago eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Kings with a 4-3 double-overtime win Saturday night. Boston finished off a sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
The league hasn't had two of its oldest franchises playing for a championship since Montreal beat the New York Rangers in five games 24 years ago, winning its fourth straight title. Those Canadiens were led by coach Scotty Bowman, who now works as a senior advisor for the Blackhawks, whose general manager is his son, Stan.
The Blackhawks will have home-ice advantage in their first postseason matchup with the Bruins since 1978, when Boston won an opening-round series.