Hawks may join elite NHL company

Updated: June 2, 2010, 11:26 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Clinching the Stanley Cup in front of their fans at the United Center would be special, but the Chicago Blackhawks will join an exclusive group if they beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and Friday on the road.

Since 1968, when the NHL added six teams and a round to the playoffs, only three teams have swept both the Stanley Cup finals and the series before: The 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins, who swept the Hawks in their last finals appearance; the 1970 Boston Bruins and the '82 New York Islanders.

The Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference finals. A Blackhawks' finals sweep would give them nine straight wins, which would tie the 1982 Islanders for the third longest win streak to end the postseason.

A sweep also would give the Hawks an NHL-record nine straight road wins in the same postseason. They currently share the NHL record with seven.

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