When the puck drops for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, it will be the first all-Original Six final since 1979, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers in five games. While the hockey world is primed for the 2013 Cup finals, the notion of an Original Six matchup probably means more to the NHL and the fans than it does for the teams involved. That’s not to say the players are dismissing the importance of the history, they’re only focused on their goal of winning the Cup. “It’s been a while since the Original Six teams have met. I think it makes for an exciting, I guess, story, if you want to put it that way,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “But at the end of the day, no matter who you play, for me it’s about winning the series and that’s what the focus has to be on.” Boston and Chicago have faced each other six previous times in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but never in the finals. The last playoff meeting was in 1978 when the Bruins swept the Blackhawks in the quarterfinals. Even for some of the older veterans on the Bruins, this series is all about the present and not about two historic organizations. “To be honest, it doesn’t matter at all,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “It could be a newer team and it wouldn’t matter. It’s about us trying to win the series and playing our best hockey; everything else doesn’t matter.” Of the Original Six teams, the Blackhawks and Rangers are the only two never to meet in the Cup finals.
Original Six final a bit of a novelty
ESPN Boston | Jun 9