With the Stanley Cup Finals kicking off tonight in Chicago with game one between the Blackhawks and visiting Boston Bruins, it’s time to get the reader’s thoughts on who will take home Lord Stanley’s mug.
The final features two powerhouse teams, built with two different games. The Blackhawks rely on their speed and skill and have dominated the Western Conference for most of the year. Backed by a torrid start that saw them not lose a regulation game for the first half of the regular season, the Hawks have carried that momentum over into the playoffs that included a dramatic comeback on the Detroit Red Wings when down 3 games to 1.
The Bruins on the other hand are a more physical, control the corners type of a team. Still with plenty of skill and flash, they rely more on their physical presence to create scoring chances, intimidate their opponents and wear them down physically.
Tuukka Rask has been one of the biggest surprises of the playoffs thus far and if he can continue his Conn Smythe type play then the Bruins will be tough to beat. They proved that an air tight defense will shut down a powerhouse offense by disposing of the high octane Pittsburgh Penguins in four straight games.
But this is the all mighty Blakchawks who, as I mentioned were in a hole against the Red Wings and found a way to battle through adversity to overcome the odds and win the series.
This has the making to be a dandy of a series, not to mention it’s the first original six final since 1979. So who are you taking? Who will win the Stanley Cup?
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