Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Stanley Cup Final: Boston and Chicago

While at times both teams have struggled through their respective series, in the end, the Bruins and the Black Hawks found the ways to win when required the most.

The Bruins who faced with elimination with ten minutes to go of the final game of the first round, rallied for a comeback for the ages, one which Leafs fans will be marking right up there in their index of Maple Leaf misery, a lengthy tome which seems to add chapters on a year basis.

The wake up call of that game seven comeback has propelled the Bruins on through the playoffs, each series pushing the Bruins a little further to the goal of another Stanley Cup, the domination along the way as impressive a thing as seen in recent Stanley Cup time lines.

Chicago, who served notice in the regular season that they were to be reckoned with, has had a few scares along the road to Stanley as well, while making fairly quick work of the Minnesota Wild, they then ran into trouble with the Red Wings (who surrendered what seemed as certain victory)
suffering a Double Overtime victory to defeat the Red Wings in Game seven.

Double Overtime would once again send the Hawks into the Stanley Cup final, this time in a Game 5 victory that snuffed out any hopes that Los Angeles had for a Stanley Cup repeat in 2013.

And while the errors along the way are no doubt worrisome to head coach Joel Quenneville, the nature of the Hawks play, the physical price that they make their competition pay, should set them up well for the showdown with the Bruins for the Cup.

In a season that took far too long to get underway, hockey fans who at times can wander away from the game as the calendar flips through June, may be hoping for seven games with the Bruins and Hawks.

It seems like a just reward for the long suffering fans who had to deal with the lock out and bickering from September through January.

Finally, when it matters most, hockey may provide for a series that will be remembered for seasons to come.

CHICAGO WINS the series 4 games to 2

Wednesday, June 12-- Boston 3 at Chicago 4 (3 OT) (22,110)
Saturday, June 15-- Boston 2 at Chicago 1 (1 OT) (22,154)
Monday, June 17-- Chicago 0 at Boston 2   (17,565)
Wednesday, June 19-- Chicago 6 at Boston 5 (OT) (17,565)  
Saturday, June 22-- Boston 1 at Chicago 3 (22,274
Monday, June 24-- Chicago 3 at Boston 2 (17,565)  

Games on CBC, RDS, NBCSN or NBC

Media Sources for the series
(some may feature a pay wall)

Chicago Sun Times
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Daily Herald
Boston Globe
Boston Herald
USA Today
Globe and Mail
National Post

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