- June 9, 2013
NHL Finals Will Be A Series Of 4 Firsts!
The Chicago Blackhawks versus the Boston Bruins in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is a series of four firsts. It is the first time both teams have ever met for the Stanley Cup. Also, it will be the first time since 1978 that the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will meet in any post season game. During that series Boston won an opening-round series against the Hawks. Furthermore, it will be the first time they have played at all since Oct. 15, 2011, when the Bruins won 3-2 in Chicago. The Blackhawks and Bruins didn’t meet during this lockout-shortened season because there weren’t any interconference games in the 48-game schedule. During that last meeting, Tyler Seguin scored the only goal of a shootout in which Boston goalie Tim Thomas denied Jonathan Towes, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp in the tiebreaker. Finally, it will be the first time two “original six” teams have met for the Cup since 1979 (34 years ago) when the Montreal Canadians beat the New York Rangers in five games for its fourth straight title. Those Canadiens were led by coach Scotty Bowman, now a senior adviser for the Blackhawks, whose general manager is his son, Stan.
Though many favor the Blackhawks, due to having the best record in the NHL during the regular season, I am afraid! The Boston Bruins are a BIG, ROUGH TEAM including having the both: a) the largest player in the NHL in 6’9″ defenseman Zdeno Chara and b) seven others who are 6’3″ or taller! This helped them to manhandle and shutdown the highest scoring team in the NHL during the regular season, the Pittsburg Penguins! In that semi final round Pittsburg managed ONLY 2 TOTAL GOALS!