Bruins: 28-14-6, (62 points), 4th in Eastern Conference
Blackhawks: 36-7-5, (77 points), 1st in Western Conference
SEASON SERIES: Did not play each other.
Players to watch: J. Toews (CHI), M. Lucic (BOS), P. Kane (CHI), B. Marchand (BOS), D. Keith (CHI), D. Krecji (BOS), M. Hossa (CHI), T. Rask (BOS).
It that time again, its the Stanley Cup Final, a little bit later than usual do to the lockout. But it will be a great original 6 match up between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. At the begging of the playoffs everyone (including me) expected a Chicago vs Pittsburgh match-up, but it seemed that Rask and the Bruins were too tough to stop as they have surprised everyone by returning to the cup final. Lets jump back to how it all began for Boston back in round 1 of the playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins were the dominating force through the first 4 games of the series and were in control with a 3-1 series edge. But Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer was not willing to give up. He made spectacular saves in game 5 to force a game 6. Game 6 was another 30 plus save performance for Reimer that lead to a game 7.
Now onto the matchup between the Hawks and Bruins. I no doubt believe that Boston has no chance at winning this series, the only reason they are where they are is due to outstanding goaltending from Rask and clutch goals from Bergeron and Horton. The only way Boston will win this series is if Rask stands on his head. As for Chicago, due to their "Video game" type skill I think they win the series in 5 games. They will be lead by Crawford in goal and their captain Johnathan Toews will step up and becoming once again a terrific goal scorer and passer.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo
|2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL|
|SERIES O||TIME (ET)||#1 vs. #4||Networks|
|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013||8 p.m.||BOSTON AT CHICAGO||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013||8 p.m.||BOSTON AT CHICAGO||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013||8 p.m.||CHICAGO AT BOSTON||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013||8 p.m.||CHICAGO AT BOSTON||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013||8 p.m.||BOSTON AT CHICAGO||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013||8 p.m.||CHICAGO AT BOSTON||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013||8 p.m.||BOSTON AT CHICAGO||NBC, CBC, RDS|