You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

How close was the Stanley Cup Final?

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

Elise Amendola/AP

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.

Continue reading below

A look at some of the closest:

ZERO-GOAL DIFFERENCE

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

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)

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

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)

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.