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How close was the Stanley Cup Final?

Michal Handzus and the Blackhawks played a close series with Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins.
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Michal Handzus and the Blackhawks played a close series with Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins.

The Blackhawks and Bruins staged one of the closest Stanley Cup Final series since the NHL switched to a seven-game format in 1939.

It was one of just 13 championship matchups to be decided by a total of two or fewer goals, with the Bruins participating in four of them.

A look at some of the closest:

ZERO-GOAL DIFFERENCE

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Year; Teams (goal total); One-goal games; Overtime games

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1945; Maple Leafs (9) over Red Wings (9) in seven games; 4; 1

1947; Maple Leafs (13) over Canadiens (13) in six games; 2; 1

ONE-GOAL DIFFERENCE

Year; Teams (goal total); One-goal games; Overtime games

1967; Maple Leafs (17) over Canadiens (16) in six games; 1; 1 (double OT)

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1980; Islanders (26) over Flyers (25) in six games; 2; 2

2004; Lightning (13) over Flames (14) in seven games; 4; 2 (1 in double OT)

TWO-GOAL DIFFERENCE

Year; Teams (goal total); One-goal games; Overtime games

1954; Red Wings (14) over Canadiens (12) in seven games; 2; 2

1958; Canadiens (16) over Bruins (14) in six games; 2; 1

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1971; Canadiens (20) over Blackhawks (18) in seven games; 3; 1

1972; Bruins (18) over Rangers (16) in six games; 4; 0

1974; Flyers (15) over Bruins (13) in six games; 3; 1

1986; Canadiens (15) over Flames (13) in five games; 3; 1

1994; Rangers (21) over Canucks (19) in seven games; 2; 1

2013; Blackhawks (17) over Bruins (15) in six games; 4; 3 (1 in triple OT)