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Stanley Cup X-rayed at airport en route to Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks will have the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup on home ice Monday night for the first time since 1938. But first, Lord Stanley had to be X-rayed at the airport en route to Chicago.

Conn Smythe Trophy also goes through sceening process

The Stanley Cup goes through the X-ray process before taking flight to Chicago. (Twitter)

The Chicago Blackhawks will have the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup on home ice Monday night for the first time since 1938.

But first, Lord Stanley had to clear the screening process at the airport.

As posted on Twitter by Philip Pritchard — the Stanley Cup's guardian —  hockey's ultimate prize went through the X-ray machine just before taking flight to Chicago.

The Cup wasn't the only piece of hardware going through the process. The Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs, also needed to pass through the security check.

The Blackhawks lead the final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2, and can clinch their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons on Monday night.

Chicago has won 27 of its last 33 playoff games at the United Center.

"Obviously there's a lot of buzz, a lot of excitement, a lot of things going on around the entire event," captain Jonathan Toews said. "I think we're just going to do our best as individuals to focus on our job as players and focus on the game and nothing more."

The teams will play Game 6 tonight at 8 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca).

With files from The Associated Press

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