The Cup returns. The Chicago Blackhawks capped a record season with the ultimate honor in hockey: winning the Stanley Cup. They defeated the Boston Bruins, another Original Six team after a bruising, overtime-filled series.
It was an NHL season that came close to not happening as a lockout dragged on through the fall and into the new year, but the Blackhawks came to own the 2013 season, quickly and definitively. Their NHL-record 21-0-3 start set a blistering pace that resulted in the Presidents' Trophy for the best overall record.
In stories from Chicago Sun-Times sports writers and columnists, follow the Blackhawks' 2013 playoff battles, first against the Minnesota Wild, followed by the Detroit Red Wings, and then the Los Angeles Kings before reaching the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.