The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight when the Boston Bruins take the ice against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. This will be the first time since 1979 that two teams representing the Original Six will meet.
The Bruins are coming off an impressive sweep of cup favorite Pittsburgh in the third round of the playoffs. Sensational goaltending and a balanced scoring attack has been the Bruins trademark this postseason. Boston forward David Krejci leads all players in postseason points with 21. He has had plenty of support though, including Patrice Bergeron netting two overtime game winning goals. Boston is second in the NHL with 50 playoff goals.
The B’s may not need many goals if Tuukka Rask continues his phenomenal play in net. Rask shut down the high scoring Penguins and sports a 1.75 goals against average and a .943 save percentage in the playoffs. Rask has been saving his best hockey for the post season.
Chicago will not be a pushover. The Blackhawks finished the regular season with the NHL’s best record. This is a team that earned a point in a record 24 straight games to begin the season. They can score, led by the trio of Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane (each has 14 points). Look for the speed of the Chicago’s forwards to test Boston’s defense.
While Rask has been lights out for the Bruins, Corey Crawford has been a big reason for the Blackhawks advancing. Crawford has an impressive 1.74 goals against average to go with his .935 save percentage. It was his 33 save effort in Chicago’s double overtime win over Los Angeles that helped propel his team to the cup finals.
This matchup of well-coached teams promises to provide an entertaining series. With Lord Stanley’s cup on the line it will be a test of who can play their game and who will capitalize on the other teams’ mistakes. Boston is chasing its third cup in the last four years while Chicago hopes to hoist hockey’s biggest prize for the third time in five years. Ticketcity can help you experience every bone-crushing hit and lamp-lighting shot in what should be an exciting series.
Who do you think will win the Stanley Cup?