The 2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks season is the 87th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout. The Hawks captured the Western Conference championship, and went on to defeat the Eastern Conference playoff champion Boston Bruins in six games to capture their fifth Stanley Cup in team history. The Blackhawks also became just the eighth team to win both the Cup and the Presidents' Trophy (as the team with the best regular season record) in the same season. Chicago's Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.