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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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Viktor Stalberg will replace Brandon Bollig on the Blackhawks fourth line for Game 3 tonight.

Voice of the Blackhawks, Pat Foley breaks down the match-up between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, talks about the impact of Andrew Shaw and he has a message for his partner in the broadcast booth Eddie Olczyk.

Plus Foley is hitting the links at the Encompass Championship in Glenview. Check it out at EncompassChampionship.com

Raw video of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago on the Blackhawks Game going into overtime.

 

The excitement behind the Chicago Blackhawks continues to build as the team tries to capture the Stanley Cup.

Shortly after noon Thursday, a giant Blackhawks banner was unfurled at the Tribune Tower. The moment was broadcast live on the WGN Midday News.

The Tribune Company and the Chicago Blackhawks teamed up to have the banner. The Tribune was also giving away cheer cards, and special newspaper inserts called, “Hockey Town.” Tickets and jerseys were also given away.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final one to nothing. Game two will be held Saturday night.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

Blackhawks fans and a Bruins fan react to the Chicago Blackhawk’s victory over the Boston Bruins in triple overtime.

The Stanley Cup Final arrived at the United Center on Wednesday night for the first time since 2010, and fans began trickling in about an hour before Game 1 between the Blackhawks and the Bruins.

They got more than they paid for. Again. And much more.

Facing a two-goal third period deficit, the Hawks got scores from Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya to forge a 3-3 tie, then some spectacular work by Corey Crawford in both extra sessions to plod ahead into a third overtime in Game 1 at the United Center.

A Patrice Bergeron power-play score had boosted the Bruins lead back to two goals early in the third period, but Bolland answered with a score and then Oduya rocketed a shot off the skate of the Bruins’ Andrew Ference and into the net for the equalizer with about eight minutes left in the game.

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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Johnny Oduya’s goal against the Boston Bruins in the third period Wednesday, June 12, 2013 of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

That held up until the end of regulation, and Crawford held up after that. The Hawks’ netminder made several brilliant, verging-on-inexplicable saves — while getting help from the near post on a Nathan Horton power play shot — to keep the Hawks in the game and into their second straight double-overtime contest.

The Hawks would have their own chances in the second overtime, most notably when Patrick Kane couldn’t finish off a feed from Michal Handzus on the doorstep and Michael Frolik’s shot of a rolling puck clanged off the crossbar. But they would hold on thanks to Crawford and friendly iron at the end of the second extra session.

With the Bruins on the power play due to a too many men on the ice call, a Zdeno Chara shot deflected off Jaromir Jagr’s skate and hit the far post, bouncing back out behind Crawford. And then Milan Lucic whiffed on a chance to punch in the rebound for the game-winner just before time expired and things headed to the third overtime.

Two Milan Lucic goals gave the Bruins a crowd-silencing lead, but Brandon Saad’s first postseason goal cut the Hawks deficit to 2-1 after two periods of Game 1.

The Hawks emerged ready to hit anything and everything, recording 13 hits in the first six and a half minutes alone. But it was a failure to connect that started the Bruins’ scoring sequence, with Niklas Hjalmarsson going for the skull-rattler that the Bruins’ David Krejci sidestepped.

That allowed Krejci room to work behind the net, and he started a tic-tac-toe that left Hawks goalie Corey Crawford with no chance. Krejci found Nathan Horton in the faceoff circle, and Horton slid a pass to Lucic that was one-timed in for the 1-0 lead at the 13:11 mark.

Lucic then started the next scoring sequence to stun the United Center crowd into near silence at the start of the second period. He outbattled Patrick Kane for a puck along the board and then eluded an aggressive Hjalmarsson charge at the blue line, with the Hawks defenseman falling as the play went past him.

Krejci took the puck into the zone and then dumped it back to Lucic, who ripped one past Crawford for the 2-0 lead just 51 seconds into the second period.

Then Saad found his long-awaited breakthrough to return the Hawks to relevancy. The rookie winger, goal-less the entire postseason, skated the puck deep into the Bruins zone and nudged it down the boards. There, Marian Hossa picked it up and began to skate back to the faceoff circle, where he spied Saad open.

The rookie one-timed a nasty wrister to the far side of Tuuka Rask, ending a shutout streak of 1:49:36 for the Bruins’ goalie, to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 3:08 mark.

The Hawks would have multiple chances to even it, but power-play failures continued to dog the Hawks, with the club failing to muster even a single shot during a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period.

Special teams would turn on the Hawks again in the third, when Michael Frolik went to the box for tripping and the Bruins would cash in. Tyler Seguin found Bergeron in the faceoff circle, and he whipped a wrister by Crawford for the 3-1 lead at the 6:09 mark.

It did not take long for the Hawks to answer. An odd-man rush resulted in Bolland finding an open net to fire in his first goal of the postseason to slice the deficit to 3-2 at the 8:00 mark. Oduya followed about four minutes later, collecting a pass from Marcus Kruger and sending a shot toward the net but just wide of it.

Fortunately for Oduya, the skate of Ference was right there, and the carom off his foot eluded Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for the 3-3 tie at the 12:14 mark.

Brandon Bollig officially entered the lineup for the Hawks, while Viktor Stalberg was a scratch for Game 1.

Read more at Chicago Tribune

Duncan Keith/Blackhawks Defenseman

Patrick Sharp/Blackhawks Forward

Jonathan Toews/Blackhawks Captain

Andrew Shaw/Blackhawks Forward…scored game-winning goal

Blackhawks Goalie/Corey Crawford

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