The Stanley Cup conference finals can finally begin! Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks clawed their way out of a 3-1 series hole to defeat the Detroit Red Wings and claim a spot in the Western Conference Finals. Chicago takes on defending champions the Los Angeles Kings. In the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Boston Bruins. Both series begin on Saturday.
This is the first time since 1945 that the final four teams in the playoffs had each won the Stanley Cup in the previous four years. LA won last season, Boston won in 2011, Chicago in 2010, and Pittsburgh in 2009.
Each team is tested and hungry for more Cup glory. What team do you like for the Finals? Who will end the 2012-13 NHL season as champions?
Photos: (from left to right) Crosby: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images, Chara: Harry How/Getty Images, Kane and Brown, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images