Bruins/Blackhawks Stanley Cup Preview

Blackhawks vs. Bruins 2013 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
For the first time since 1979, according to NHL.COM, two original six teams will square off in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Both teams have been playing well this post season and are coming off dominating performances. The Boston Bruins swept playoff favorites and number one seeds, the Pittsburg Penguins, out of the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the Chicago Blackhawks defeated hockey’s hottest regular season team, the defending champions the Los Angeles Kings, 4-1 in a best of 7 Western Conference playoffs. According to ESPN.COM, the Bruins and Blackhawks have won a Stanley Cup in recent years, with the Blackhawks winning in 2010 and the Bruins winning in 2011. This will be the first time all season that the two teams have matched up. The finalist play very similar hockey, with both teams featuring a superstar goalie with Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks and Tuuka Rask of the Bruins, both teams also offer a set of strong defensive corps that can not only shut down top scorers but can also score on their own. Both Bruins and Blackhawks can also score, with both teams having strong offensive players that find the net in any given time. Perhaps, with such two similar physical and dominating teams, the NHL will see its best ratings it has seen in recent years, even with a lockout shortened season.  Shawn P Roarke of  NHL.COM  believes the Bruins will win the series if they continue to play opportunistic offense, play patient and conscientious defense, and get elite-level goaltending from Tuuka Rask. The Bruins also excel at penalty killing and are always able to keep their cool even when their opponents can not. Roarke also states that “The Bruins can do it again because all of those things are part of the foundation of the system for success, one that was validated with a Stanley Cup triumph 24 months ago. “If they are hitting successfully on each one, they become a team with few flaws that is nearly impossible to rattle or break down”
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