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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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Blackhawks fans braved stormy weather Wednesday night as they made their way into the United Center for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Fans began trickling in about an hour before Game 1 between the Blackhawks and the Bruins.

Anticipation was high at the teams’ morning skate as the players waited for the showdown between the Original Six teams.

WGN’s Marcella Raymond checked in with a few before the game.

Hawks Fans Brave Stormy Weather to Witness Game 1

Signs of Hawks spirit all over city

The bronze lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago are showing their Blackhawks pride.

The statues were fitted with hawks helmets Wednesday morning.

The Blackhawks face-off against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night at the United Center.

Two Blackhawks superfans are showing his team spirit with art on the Northwest Side. Father, son duo create giant Blackhawks mural on Chicago building

Ches Perry and Alex Perry of Right Way Signs are working on a giant Hawk mural in Portage Park.

They started painting it today on the building at 4251 Milwaukee Ave and hope to have it finish by the time puck drops tomorrow night.

Blackhawks fans aren’t the only ones excited about the team’s appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.  Chicago-area businesses are looking forward to the boon that’s expected starting tomorrow.

WGN’s Gaynor Hall spoke with owners and customers around Chicago.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick have agreed on friendly Stanley Cup wager.

The governor of the losing team’s state will volunteer at the food bank of the winning governor’s choice.

So, if the Chicago Blackhawks win,  Patrick will volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

If the Bruins win, Quinn will volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

“Governor Patrick is skating on thin ice by betting against the mighty Chicago Blackhawks,” Quinn said.

The Blackhawks have won four Stanley Cup championships. The Bruins have won the cup six times, most recently in 2011.

The first game in the series in Wednesday night at the United Center.

 

Blackhawks legend Denis Savard previews the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.

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Blackhawks fever building in Chicago

At the United Center the Stanley Cup Finals banner is already hung as preparations for game one of the series are underway.

Just down the road at Gunzo’s Sports, fans are excited for game one and they’re buying up merchandise.

The big ticket items are the tickets themselves. On stubhub.com, you can spend about $200 for standing room only tickets or a ridiculous $77,777.77 for closer seats.

It’s a price local ticket broker Gold Coast Tickets is likely a practical joke.

They still have plenty of tickets left for game one–but it’ll cost you.

One ticket in the lower section, 100 level, center ice can run upwards of $2000.  The normal face value for it–about $500.

Fans are declaring their love for the Blackhawks in special videos they are posting on YouTube including one women named Stella Caccomo. In this video Stella sings a poem she wrote for the Blackhawks. Her favorite Blackhawks player is Marian Hossa!

Patrick Kane’s overtime goal on Saturday night has set the stage for a classic Stanley Cup Final matchup.

The Blackhawks will play the Boston Bruins in a showdown of two “original six” hockey teams.

WGN’s Rich King was more from the United Center where the team was practicing.

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