Stanley Cup finals preview


Chicago Blackhawks will face Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals in a best-of-seven series.

The two sides haven't met in the finals since 1979 and the finals are expected to be enthralling encounters.

The Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010 and earned another trip to the finals with a dramatic double-overtime win over the defending champions Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. 

It was a lot more comfortable for The Bruins who have been resting since Friday after their surprising sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

However, The Bruins were almost defeated in the first round. They blew a 3-1 series lead against the Toronto Maple Leafs before mounting a miraculous comeback in Game 7 after falling behind 4-1 in the third quarter but they eventually won after an overtime goal.

Since then, The Bruins have been emphatic in their cup run. They saw off New York Rangers in five games and a 4-0 victory over the Penguins in the conference finals.

The Blackhawks almost exited the Cup early too after being 3-1 in the second round before winning the next three matches and squeezing past The Kings to reach the Stanley Cup finals.

The Bruins managed to limit the star players of the Pittsburgh Penguins to great effect and they will need to do the same against The Blackhawks star men. Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron will keep the Bruins' defence busy.

The Blackhawks are lethal at home winning nine of their ten matches in the postseason. They average 3.3 goals per game and only concede 1.7 goals per game. However, The Bruins have been travelling well in the playoffs. Of their seven matches on the road during the playoffs they have won five scoring an average of 3.43 goals per game.

Although the two teams have plenty of ability, both know how to hit hard and agitate opponents. The matches could be decided on the composure of the players as the series won't be lacking in occasional forays into illegality.


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