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The last time the Chicago Blackhawks were on the ice at TD Garden, they were raising the Stanley Cup, as the Bruins left in a mess of dashed hopes, bruised bodies and egos, and one collapsed lung. The Cup run had ended in a nearly unbelievable sequence, two goals allowed in 17 seconds, starting with just 1:16 remaining.
The Bruins were moving on to Game 7 in Chicago. And then they weren’t.
The team have met since, a 3-2 win for the Blackhawks in Chicago Jan. 19, so there won’t be quite the same emotion when they face off Thursday night at the Garden. But still, this is the first trip to Boston for the team that denied the Bruins two Cups in three years.