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By Matt Kibbe
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Original Six
Hockey fans who endured another lockout are in for a treat that'll cap a sprint of a season.
Two franchises, rich in history, talent and star power. Two winning teams that know what it takes to bring home the Stanley Cup. Intrigue, in the form of a schedule that kept them away from each other for an entire season.
The Chicago Blackhawks have joined the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, featuring Original Six NHL franchises for the first time since 1979.
Patrick Kane scored his third goal of the game 11:40 into the second overtime period and the Blackhawks beat the defending champion Kings 4-3 on Saturday to advance to the finals.
The final four teams in the NHL playoffs feature the last four champions for the second time in league history and for the first time since 1945, when the league consisted of just the Original Six.
In case there were any doubts, the Chicago Blackhawks are showing they can be resilient as well as dominant.
After the marathon bombings, the cities of Boston and New York put aside their bitter rivalries and joined in their mutual love of sports and country.
The NHL's sprint of a season is over, ending a three-plus-month run that crammed 48 games into each team's schedule.
So now we have a three-game series between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins. What's not to like? For over a week these two teams have been exchanging goals, blows, dirty looks --- everything but phone numbers --- and they're all tied up, 2-2. Does anybody really want to see it end any sooner than it has to?
Brad Marchand is more than just a gadfly who's been getting on the Canucks nerves.
The past two weeks are likely to be a vivid blur in the memories of Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo and the players who staggered off their final cross-continent flights Tuesday to put a merciful end to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will open a new arena, and the Chicago Blackhawks will unfurl a long-awaited championship banner in the first week of the 2010-11 NHL season.