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TORONTO -- The Stanley Cup final opens Wednesday in Chicago as the Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins. Here are five storylines to watch in the seven-game series: 1. Original Six returns Its the first time two Original Six teams are meeting in the Stanley Cup final since the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers in 1979. Its also the first time two of the past three champions will play for the Cup since the Canadiens beat the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976. More than anything else, Boston and Chicago being back in the final speaks to the revitalization of two historic hockey towns that until recently, hadnt experienced this kind of success in decades. The Bruins last title before 2011 came in 1972, and the Blackhawks last before 2010 came in 1961. Winning makes up for a lot of lost time, and since then Bostons TD Garden and Chicagos United Center have featured sellout crowds and electric atmospheres. And while the careers of Bobby Orr and Bobby Hull made for plenty of Bruins and Blackhawks history, its the first time these teams are facing each other in a Cup final. For just the third time in major North American sports history, teams from Chicago and Boston will play for a championship. 2. Conn Smythe watch David Krejci is scoring at a remarkable pace, but hes still not the Conn Smythe front-runner for the Bruins. Krejci leads all players with nine goals and 21 points and Nathan Horton has 17 points of his own, but goaltender Tuukka Rask has been Bostons standout performer. Rask has a playoff-best .943 save percentage and two shutouts, and he stifled the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference final. Following in the path of 2011 Conn Smythe-winner Tim Thomas, Rask is the reason the Bruins have got this far. From Chicagos end, its a wide-open race. Goalie Corey Crawfords numbers arent far behind Rasks, including a 1.74 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. His play hasnt earned him as much acclaim as Rask, but Crawford outduelled Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and has done everything asked of him so far. Still, dont forget about Patrick Sharp (14 points), Marian Hossa (14 points) and Bryan Bickell (eight goals), any of whom could earn the trophy with a strong series. 3. Goalie change Rask was on the bench two years ago when Thomas carried the Bruins to the Stanley Cup with a 1.98 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. A year earlier, Rask was on the hook as the starter when the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. With Thomas taking a year off and being shipped to the New York Islanders for some welcome salary-cap relief, its Rasks job as Anton Khudobin serves as the backup. Rask has a ring from 2011, but its not the same as winning the Cup as the No. 1 guy. Crawford doesnt have a ring from 2010, when he was the third goaltender watching Antti Niemi win the Cup for the Blackhawks. Crawford lost his two previous series before this years playoffs, stumbling to a sub-.900 save percentage in last seasons loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. But after splitting duties with Ray Emery during the regular season, Crawford has the reins for the Blackhawks in the post-season. He could start making a nice career for himself like Niemi after this impressive run. 4. Power outage The Bruins and Blackhawks have plenty of offensive firepower, but the conference finals didnt feature a whole lot of anything on the power play. Even in breezing into the Cup final, Boston and Chicago combined to go 1-for-27 on the power play in the last round. The Blackhawks were 1-for-14, while the Bruins were 0-for-13. Credit Quick and the Penguins Tomas Vokoun for some of that, but getting the power play back on track may be key in a series that could have a shortage of goals. For Boston, it starts from the point. Rookie defenceman Torey Krug has a team-best three power-play goals despite playing in just nine games. The Blackhawks count on Hossa, who has three, and on their penalty kill to stifle opposing power plays. Chicago has allowed just three power-play goals on 58 chances, good for 94.8 per cent. 5. Chara effect Few defencemen can change the complexion of a game or series like the six-foot-nine Chara, who, despite a lack of mind-blowing stats, should be a Norris Trophy finalist every year. Chara skates almost 30 minutes a game and is a factor in every situation. Along with Rask, he played a huge role in the Bruins holding Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to zero points. The Blackhawks depth will test the Bruins, but Chara and Dennis Seidenberg thrive on heavy workloads. Unless coach Joel Quenneville can design a way to free his top players from Charas suffocating presence in the defensive zone, its a tall task to beat the Bruins. And Chara is a factor offensively, as well. He has two goals and nine assists in these playoffs, and his blistering slapshot engenders plenty of fear. Fear of Charas impact, on both ends of the ice, is well-deserved. Air Max 95 Womens Sale .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. Cheap Air Max 95 Womens . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. Air Max 97 Womens Sale . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Nike Air Max 95 Mens Red . Ronaldo produced a spectacular individual performance on Tuesday, scoring all three goals and guiding Portugal into the next years World Cup in Brazil with a 3-2 victory in Sweden. The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. Haas boss Guenther Steiner has claimed Esteban Gutierrez is usually the best guy at obeying blue flags following Daniel Ricciardos criticism in Germany.After being on the receiving end of a rude gesture from Lewis Hamilton in Hungary, Gutierrez then incurred the wrath of Ricciardo in Germany after holding him up late in the race. Ricciardo went on to suggest the Mexican is the worst at obeying blue flags on the current grid.Gutierrez?defended himself after the race, saying backmarkers have to consider their own races and not just jump out of the way of leading cars at the first request. Haas boss Steiner thinks the last two races have given Gutierrez an unfair reputation.Speaking after the German Grand Prix, Steiner said: Its like oh the worse guy at it just the second time he does it. I think its the opposite, normally hes the best guy to get out of the way. Now he was just unlucky twice not to give someone fresh air all of a sudden when they want it, so for sure he jumps on it.Would it have changed anything for Ricciardo? I dont know, I gueess no.dddddddddddd. The world is not perfect, live with it. For sure if he had lost a position, I understand he is pissed, but how many seconds was he behind?Steiner thinks Hamiltons original gesture - which the world champion apologised for in Germany - triggered the stewards investigation.Last week he got five-second penalty, my opinion is the stewards reacted to a gesture Lewis made. We looked at the data and a lap before him Magnussen, I think it was... there was two tenths of a second difference. Lapping two tenths of a second is a very short period of time and that guy didnt get a five-second penalty.I dont think hes as bad as they think, but once you get one penalty for sure now Ricciardo was pissed because he couldnt get past him. But they have to realise one day they will be lapped and then they will [see] how they feel about it. If somebody says you need to get out of the way, you cannot just jump away. ' ' '

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