Original Six Stanley Cup Final first in 34 years

Original Six? Nope, it’s not some sort of Dunkin’ Donut deal or a six-pack of vintage, old world European. Stan Musial and Bill Russell wore #6, but it’s not about that either.

It’s the NHL Original Six — Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. The teams you find on those vintage table top hockey games with the levers, like the Canadiens-Maple Leafs matchup my brother and I used to play at home growing up.

Following the 1942 season the Brooklyn Americans, formerly the New Americans (or Amerks) folded because of World War II. Although the Americans weren’t formally dissolved until 1946. Between 1942 and 1967 there were six teams in the NHL until the league expanded and doubled up to 12. Now there are 30.

And for the first time since 1979, when the Canadiens won their fourth straight championship with a five-game victory over the Rangers, there’s an Original Six Stanley Cup final matchup — Bruins vs Blackhawks.

There’s not much playoff history between these two teams. They’ve met just five times, the first in 1927 and then four more times in the 70s. In their most recent meeting in 1978 Boston swept Chicago in the quarterfinals before losing to Montreal in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Bruins have won four of five playoff encounters against the Blackhawks. Chicago’s only win came in a 1975 preliminary round series, with the Blackhawks winning two games out of three.

Overall Boston has won six Stanley Cups (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972 and 2011) and Chicago three (1934, 1961 and 2010

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