Best of NHL playoffs — Conference finals

Each of the final four teams in the playoffs won the Stanley Cup in the past four years. It’s down to Pittsburgh (2009), Chicago (2010), Boston (2011) and Los Angeles (2012). It’s down to the best.

Nicholas J. Cotsonika


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Linesman Brad Kovachik works to separate Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow (10) and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) as they tangle in the second period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Friday, June 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Linesman Brad Kovachik works to separate Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow (10) and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) as they tangle in the second period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Friday, June 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Linesman Brad Kovachik works to separate Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow (10) and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) as they tangle in the second period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Friday, June 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Beau Bennett #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on June 7, 2013 in Boston, United States. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins - Game Four
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Beau Bennett #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on June 7, 2013 in Boston, United States. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) tries to get the stick on the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) raises his glove to make a save during overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, in Boston on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) tries to get the stick on the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) raises his glove to make a save during overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, in Boston on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) tries to get the stick on the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) raises his glove to make a save during overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, in Boston on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) vie for position during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) vie for position during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) vie for position during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) gets up from the crease as left wing James Neal (18) skates by after the Boston Bruins scored the winning goal in the second overtime period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) gets up from the crease as left wing James Neal (18) skates by after the Boston Bruins scored the winning goal in the second overtime period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) gets up from the crease as left wing James Neal (18) skates by after the Boston Bruins scored the winning goal in the second overtime period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) fights with Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LA Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of West finals
Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) fights with Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a shot by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LA Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of West finals
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a shot by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) celebrates in front of defenseman Rob Scuderi (7) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LA Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of West finals
Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) celebrates in front of defenseman Rob Scuderi (7) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) shoves Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LA Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of West finals
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) shoves Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad loses his footing as he brings the puck up the ice against Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LA Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of West finals
Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad loses his footing as he brings the puck up the ice against Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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