Tonight is the start of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins and the Hawks have proven that you can win with speed and physical play along with stellar goaltending i.e Corey Crawford and Tuuka Rask. The Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-3), Rangers (4-1) and the Penguins (4-0), to reach the Finals, while the Hawks have beaten the Minnesota Wild (4-1), Red Wings (4-3) and LA (4-1).
Boston Bruins: The Bruins are riding high after sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Tuuka Rask has been superb in net making big saves and controlling rebounds. Rask leads the playoffs with a 94 save percentage, and is second behind Crawford with a 1.75 goals against average. The forward core of the Bruins have been lighting the lamp at an all time high especially from David Krejci (9), and Nathan Horton (7).
The bigger story of the Bruins this post season has been the play of young defensemen Torey Krug who has four goals two assists and is a plus five in nine playoffs games this season. “We have a lot of depth,” said center David Krejci, who leads all players in scoring this postseason with nine goals and 21 points. “The organization did a pretty goodjob. It’s hard for the other teams to stop our team because there’s my line, [Patrice] Bergeron’s line, the third line. The fourth line is playing pretty good hockey in the playoffs as well. It’s tough for the other teams, but we have to bring our A game every single night.” Brian Hedger – NHL.com Correspondent.
Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks might be coming into this final with the fastest, and most skilled team in the NHL. With guys who have the speed like Victor Stalberg, and the skill like Kane, Toews, Sharp and Hossa and with the goaltending that the team has been getting from Corey Crawford. This team can win it’s second Stanley Cup in four years.
“That’s Coach Q to a T,” Sharp said of the line shuffling. “He has a great feel for us as players, what we can bring to a particular game, [an] upcoming game. He’s done a good job of scouting teams we’re playing, looking at different matchups. I think all of us as players, we’re comfortable playing with each other. We’re used to being thrown around in different combinations and we all trust that Joel picks the right ones.” Brian Hedger – NHL.com Correspondent.
Tonight marks the first time original six teams have played in the finals since 1979 when the New York Rangers took on the Montreal Canadians. This is the first time that these two teams have meet in the playoffs since 1978