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Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013

For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, the Chicago Blackhawks are in the NHL finals.

They face the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

The Hawks were seeded #1 in the West and defeated the Minnesota Wild in five games, then the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to meet the L.A. Kings in the conference finals.

The Blackhawks beat the Kings in double overtime in Game 5.

The full schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final is:

Game 1: Wednesday, June 12, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Game 2: Saturday, June 15, at Chicago,  7 p.m.

Game 3: Monday, June 17, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Wednesday, June 19, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Saturday, June 22, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Game 6: Monday, June 24, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 7: Wednesday, June 26, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

All times CT

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In reality, 2010 was not too long ago. But the Chicago Blackhawks were different in enough ways to lend a newness to what approached Monday night, a dose of the unfamiliar and unpredictable on the kind of night that many of them would remember well.

The Hawks were one win away from the Stanley Cup in Game 6 against the Bruins. A team with the same core but different players in orbit around it, a roster reconstructed and three years later rejuvenated, the best team in hockey this season looking to affirm itself as the best team in hockey, period.

stanley cup“We feel confident,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said before the game. “We worked very hard in the last couple months to get here.”

The Bruins ensured they’d have to work to hoist a trophy Monday. But Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland goals in a span of 18 seconds late in the third period propelled the Hawks to a stunning 3-2 win and a second Stanley Cup championship in four years.

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Blackhawks chairman feeling ‘good’ about Game 6, shows off lucky coin

On tonight’s WGN News, we went out to talk with Chicago Blackhawks fans about hockey superstitions. We wanted to hear the weird things fans do to make sure their team wins.

We also stopped by WGN Radio to talk with Assistant Program Director and Host Alex Quigley. He’s one of the guys who has been sharing his “playoff beard” progress in the RedEye. You can follow them HERE.

The video will be posted here after it airs. Enjoy tonight’s game, and remember, if the Blackhawks DO win – celebrate safely.

By Chris Kuc Tribune reporter

The Chicago Blackhawks will have their captain in the lineup when they take the ice in search of their second Stanley Cup championship in four years.

Jonathan Toews said after the Hawks’ morning skate that he’s “100 percent” in advance of Game 6 on Monday night at TD Garden.

Toews sat out the third period of Game 5 on Saturday night after taking a series of hits, including a big check from the Bruins’ Johnny Boychuk in the second period of the Hawks’ 3-1 victory to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

chi-chicago-blackhawks-sharp-toews-20130503-001“I feel great,” Toews said. “That was just I think the coaches being cautious and not letting me get back on the ice in the third period the other night. We got to the point where I feel ready to go again. The way I felt out there (Monday), I’d say it was the best morning skate I’ve had all series. I feel great. I’m excited. There’s no question about where I am physically.”

Toews, who has a history of concussions, was on the bench the entire third period of Game 5 and was lobbying coaches to put him back in the game.

“It was a couple of hits that I took that I guess the coaches didn’t think I was ready to play in the third period,” Toews said. “You always want to bounce back. It’s a physical game. For me, there were no worries. The coaches were confident we could win the game while making sure I wasn’t risking anything and now I feel 100 percent and they’re aware of that. I’ll be ready to play.”

Toews said he doesn’t believe the Bruins are targeting him specifically with their hits.

“Just like we would we would target their top players, we want to be tough on their top players,” he said. “They do the same to us so it’s no surprise.”

The veteran center said the Hawks head into Game 6 with a good frame of mind.

“We feel confident,” Toews said. “We worked very hard in the last couple of months to get here. We played good hockey this series and especially the last couple of games. We’ve had to create these opportunities. We just want to go play like it’s another game but we need to bring that emotion and physicality. At the same time, we want to have confidence with the puck and just go out there and play and let things happen.”

Marian Hossa, who missed Game 3 due to injury, wasn’t skating Monday morning but is expected to play. Jamal Mayers filled in on the second line.

For Boston, center Patrice Bergeron was the only player not on the ice for their morning skate after suffering what coach Claude Julien is calling a “body injury” during Game 5.

Julien said Bergeron would dress for pregame practice and was confident he would play.

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Jonathan Toews/Blackhawks Captain

Patrick Sharp/Blackhawks Forward

Patrick Kane/Blackhawks Forward

Joel Quenneville/Blackhawks Head Coach

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