Chicago to Boston, a long ride down the track

MILT SCHMIDTFile/Jim Davis/Globe staff

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CHICAGO — The Bruins, now two games deep into their matchup with Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, on Sunday will leave here and travel via charter plane back to Boston.

By the time they board their private bus at their downtown hotel, the trip will have taken them door to door in three, maybe four hours, leaving them well rested for Game 3 of the series Monday night on Causeway Street. The Blackhawks will travel in similar, comfortable, stress-free style.

NHLers of Milt Schmidt’s playing days made their way around the six-team league exclusively by train. Chicago and Boston were the league’s western and eastern poles, separated by approximately 1,000 miles, a train ride Schmidt figures took 16-18 hours in his era.

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