Blackhawks Attempt to Win Fifth Cup in 12th Finals Appearance

The Blackhawks first played for Lord Stanley's Cup in just their fourth season as a franchise. Their 12 appearances ranks fifth all-time. The "original six" franchises compile the top five, with only the New York Rangers' ten appearances ranking behind the Blackhawks.

Their four titles ranks them sixth all-time. Fellow "Original Six" teams, Montreal, Boston, Toronto and Detroit Top the list.  The Blackhawks can move into a tie for fifth with the Edmonton Oilers with five Cups if they defeat the Bruins.

Here is a look at each of the Blackhawks previous 11 finals appearances.

1931 Lost to Montreal Three Games to two (3-2)

The Blackhawks opened the series with the first two games at home. They advanced with total goal victories over Toronto in the quarterfinals and the Rangers in the semi's.

After losing game one 2-1 the Blackhawks had to win game two with the next three in Montreal.  Blackhawks fans packed Chicago Stadium with an then NHL record attendance of 18,000. The Blackhawks captured game two 2-1 in double overtime.

Back in Montreal for game three, the Hawks and Les Habs did skated one period longer in game three. Cy Wentworth scored the game winning goal at 13:50 of the third overtime. It was the longest game in Stanley Cup finals history, a record that would last until 1990.

The Blackhawks could not close out the series. The Canadiens won 2-0 and 2-1 to capture their third Stanley Cup and second in a row. They became just the second team to win consecutive Stanley Cups.

1934 Defeated Detroit 3-1

Historic Blackhawks

The Blackhawks captured their first Stanley Cup with double overtime victories in games one and four. Mush Marsh became the first player in NHL history to score an overtime goal to clinch the cup.

They opened the series at home and took a commanding two games to none lead with a 4-1 victory in game two. Detroit won game three on home ice 5-2 to setup Marsh's heroics in game four.

Sadly the Blackhawks goalie and captain Chuck Gardiner died from a brain hemorrhage at age 29 during the offseason.

1938 Defeated Toronto 3-1

The 1938 Blackhawks are the worst team to ever win the cup. The finished the regular season 14-25-9. They advanced to the finals by ousting Montreal in a best of three and sweeping the New York Americans in the best of five. The Montreal series ended in double overtime, game three.

The Blackhawks entered the finals with goalie Mike Karakas out with an injured toe. They used Alfie Moore in game one. He led the Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory and then was declared ineligible. Karakas' backup Paul Goodman returned for game two, but lost 5-1. With a split in Toronto, the Blackhawks returned home.

With Karakas back and wearing a steel toed boot, the Blackhawks won games three and four 2-1 and and 4-1 to win the second Stanley Cup. The is was arguably the most improbable title by an NHL and Chicago team ever.

The Blackhawks clinched the series at home in Chicago Stadium ice. A Chicago team would not win a title in the Stadium again until the Bulls defeated Portland in game six of the 1992 NBA Finals.

1944 Lost to Montreal 4-0

The Blackhawks advanced to another Stanley Cup Finals with a losing record. They finished the season 22-23-5. This was their first finals appearance during the Original Six era that began in the 1941-42 season.

After defeating Detroit in five games, the Hawks matched up with the powerful Canadiens in the finals. They had a dominant 38-5-7 season with 83 points. Detroit finished the season in second place with 58 points.

The Canadiens dominated the first two games winning by a combined 8-2 score. Montreal won game three, 3-2 in Chicago before returning home for game four.

Montreal won a wild game four 5-4 in overtime to sweep the finals. Toe Blake scored the game winning goal in overtime. Earlier in the OT, Montreal Bill Dernan stopped Virgil Johnson on the first penalty shot in finals history.

The Blackhawks would not return to the finals for 17 years.

1961 Defeated Detroit 4-2

The Blackhawks pulled a big upset in the semifinals, ousting Montreal in six games. The Canadiens were the five time defending Stanley Cup Champions and had been in ten straight finals. The led the NHL in 1960-61 with 92 points, two ahead of Toronto.

They split the first two games in Montreal. Back home, the Blackhawks won a crucial game three in triple overtime. The ended the Canadiens amazing run with a pair of 3-0 victories in games five and six.

The 1961 final was memorable because it was the only Stanley Cup final not won by either Montreal or Toronto during the 1960's.

Each team won twice in the first four games. The Blackhawks dominated the final two games of the series, outscoring the Red Wings 11-4.

This was the Blackhawks only title in a 71 seasons spanning 1939-2009.

1962 Lost to Toronto 4-2

The Blackhawks advanced to back to back finals for the only time. Each team won games on its home ice through the first four. The Maple Leafs won a wild game five 8-4 in Toronto. The clinched at Cup at Chicago Stadium with a 2-1 victory in game six.

1965 Lost to Montreal 4-3

The Blackhawks defeated top seeded Detroit  in seven games to advance the the finals against Montreal.

After losing the first two games in Detroit, the Blackhawks evened the series by winning the next two in Chicago. The home team won the first six games in the series, before the Blackhawks won game seven 4-2 on the road.

Like the previous series, the Finals were dominated by the home team. Each team won all their games on home ice. This was the only time between 1955-2003 that the home team won every game of a Stanley Cup Finals.

Montreal goalie Gump Worsley appeared in his first final in his 12th year in the league and Jean Beliveau captured the first Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. Beliveau finished with eight goals and eight assists in 13 postseason games. Bobby Hull's ten goals and 17 points led the NHL during the postseason,

This was the Blackhawks last Stanley Cup Finals appearance during the Original Six era. With a one in three chance to play in the finals, the Blackhawks would only make four appearances during that 25 year era.

1971 Lost to Montreal 4-3

The Blackhawks won the Western Division with 107 points and finished second in the NHL overall to Boston's 121 points during the 1971 regular season.

After Sweeping Philadelphia in the first round, they survived a tough seven games series with the Rangers to advance to the finals. Three of the games against New York went to overtime.

The Canadiens advanced to the final with one of the biggest upsets in hockey history, defeating Boston in seven games.

Hull finished second to Montreal's Frank Mahovlich in goals and points during the 1971 playoffs.

The Blackhawks won the first two games in Chicago 2-1 in overtime and 5-3 in game two. The home team would win the first six games of the series. Le Habs became the first road team between 1945 and 2009 to win a game seven in the finals on the road.

The Blackhawks appeared poised to capture their fourth Stanley Cup when they took a 2-0 lead in game seven. Hawks goalie Tony Esposito allowed a 70 foot goal in the fog to the Canadiens Jacques Lemaire shortly after Bobby Hull had hit the post.

Henri Richard tied the game four minutes later and then scored the game winner with two and half minutes left in the third.

The game left Chicago sports fans wondering what could have been and to wait 'til next year.

It was Hull's last finals appearance. He would leave for the upstart World Hockey Association after the 1972 season.

1973 Defeated by Montreal 4-2

The Blackhawks won the weak Western Division with 93 points, while three teams in the East finished with over 100. The Hawks advance to the finals with five game victories over the Blues and Rangers. Montreal led the NHL with 120 points in 1973.

The Canadiens owned Esposito in the series. Espo finished the season third in goals against average and fifth in shutouts.

Despite that, Montreal scored 33 goals in the six games against the Blackhawks. This included an 8-7 Blackhawks win in game five that prevented Montreal from winning the cup on home ice.

The Canadiens captured third second cup in three years at the Chicago Stadium with a 6-4 victory in game six. The Hawks also blew a 2-0 lead on home ice for the second time in three years.

1992 Defeated by Pittsburgh 4-0

The Blackhawks were making their first finals appearance in 19 seasons. They entered the finals on an 11 game winning streak. After capturing the final three games in the first round to eliminate St. Louis, the Hawks swept Detroit and Edmonton to advance to the finals.

The amazing run in 1992 came a year after an embarrassing first round ouster to Minnesota. The Blackhawks finished the 1991season as President trophy champions and lost to a 58 point North Stars team.

Their win over Edmonton in the conference finals came after losses to the Oilers in 1983, '85 and '90. The run also ended a streak of losses in five consecutive conference finals ('82, '83, '85, '89, '90).

This was the Hawks second consecutive finals appearance against Pittsburgh's Scotty Bowman. Bowman coached Montreal to the 1973 Cup.

The Blackhawks appeared on the verge of a game one victory. The Blackhawks blew a 4-1 lead in game one. Jaromir Jagr scored one of the most memorable goals in finals history to tie the game and Mario Lemieux scored with 12 seconds remaining to give the Penguins a game one victory.

After a wild game one, the Penguins won tight games, 3-1 and 1-0 in games two and three.

Even a Dirk Graham hat trick couldn't get the Blackhawks a victory in game four. The Penguins won 6-5 for their second straight Stanley Cup. It would be 16 years before Pittsburgh would appear in another Stanley Cup Finals and 18 for the Blackhawks.

The series was much closer than a sweep would in indicate. Three of the four games were decided by one goal.

2010 Blackhawks Defeat Flyers 4-2

The Blackhawks had assembled their best team since the mid 1990's behind young stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks won their first division title in 17 years and advanced to the finals with a four game sweep of the West top seed San Jose.

They survived tough first and second round series against Nashville and Vancouver. The Hawks lost game one in both series. They needed a dramatic comeback in game five against Nashville. They would have faced elimination in game six on the road if they had lost. Patrick Kane scored shorthanded goal with 12 seconds remaining to force overtime and Marian Hossa won in in the extra session after serving a five minute major covering late regulation and the OT.

Kane scored a hat trick in game four against Vancouver as the Hawks eliminated the Canucks in six games.

In the Finals, the Hawks won a pair of one goal games in Chicago before losing the next two in Philadelphia.

They won a wild game five 7-4 behind two goals and two assists from Dustin Byufglien to go back to Philly with a chance to clinch their first cup in 49 years.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead late in the third period, Philadelphia Scott Hartnell scored with 3:59 left to tie the game.

This setup Kane for more heroics. He scored one of the most baffling goals in NHL history. Four Minutes and six seconds into overtime only Kane knew the game was over initially. The puck got stuck in the netting and no one could figure out where it was. With Kane throwing his gloves off and skating to the other end of the rink, his teammates joining him in a dramatic celebration of the Hawks' first cup in 49 years.

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