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Continued: Core in place, Chicago Blackhawks think they can make another Stanley Cup run

  • Article by: JAY COHEN , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: June 25, 2013 - 8:58 PM

The banner regular season raised expectations for the playoffs, and the NHL's top-seeded team nearly faltered in the second round against the Red Wings. Chicago dropped three of the first four games against Detroit before winning three in a row to advance.

Toews and Co. seemed to find their stride after they were nearly eliminated by the Red Wings, ending the Kings' title defense in five games in the Western Conference finals and closing out the Bruins with three straight victories.

The dramatic Game 6 win in Boston made Chicago the first team to win the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season since Detroit in 2008. The Presidents' Trophy goes to the team with the most points in the regular season.

"It was that type of season where we did a lot of good things right," Quenneville said Monday night. "Commend the competitiveness and the perseverance of our team, especially the way things ended. It was that type of season, and it was special."

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