May 15, 2013
Blackhawks, Red Wings play down Original Six rivalry
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw celebrates after scoring against the Wild during Game 5 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal at the United Center in Chicago, May 9, 2013. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)

CHICAGO - When the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings take the ice for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, it will be the 800th meeting in franchise history.

It's the 87th anniversary of both being accepted into the National Hockey League.

And with the Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference next year, it also represents the last time the two teams can meet in the playoffs outside of the Stanley Cup final.

Yet, heading into the contest, neither side was too nostalgic.

"That's a history that you're real proud to be involved in. But that doesn't have any bearing on this year's series. Saying that, we're excited to be in a great town and in a great city where they love hockey, just like in Detroit. Those are exciting things if you're part of the Original Six. If you're not part of the Original Six, then you probably don't think it's that big of a deal."



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