The final four teams in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have been determined, and there are historic pairings on both sides of the bracket.

If the saying “To Be The Man, You Have To Beat The Man” holds, then this year’s Stanley Cup winner will hold a prestigious distinction. The four teams remaining in the NHL Playoffs constitute the teams who won the Stanley Cup in the past four years.

Eastern Conference Finals

Boston Bruins (2011 Cup winners) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (2009)

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Boston advanced in a 7-game series against Toronto in the opening round and then took only 5 games to eliminate the New York Rangers.

Top-seeded Pittsburgh finished off the Islanders in Round 1 after 6 games, and just like the Bruins, they finished off their second round opponent, Ottawa, in 5 games.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is Saturday at 8 PM in Pittsburgh.

Western Conference Finals

Chicago Blackhawks (2010) vs the reigning champion Los Angeles Kings

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Top-seeded Chicago eliminated Minnesota in the opening round in 5 games, but it took overtime in a seventh game to eliminate their rival Red Wings in Detroit’s final season in the Western Conference.

The Kings eliminated the Blues in the opening round after six games, and just like the Blackhawks, it took Los Angeles a seventh game to advance to the Conference Finals, defeating San Jose.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals is Saturday at 5 PM in Chicago.

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