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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An Ice Life: Cup Finals

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An Ice Life: Cup Finals
By Wild on Sports Analyst Brian Pierce

Cup Finals -- Alright quick recap and predictions, you know the drill.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins 

Blackhawks dominated the first round, barely made it through the second, and dominated the Western Conference finals. They did this largely on the back of the goaltender Crawford, who is a front runner for the Conn Smythe. 

The Bruins barely made it through the first round, dominated the second, dominated the third. They did this largely on the back of Tuukka Rask, who is a front runner for the Conn Smythe.

Something has got to give. 

I have to say that Crawford has been extremely consistant, and Rask has been brilliant. You get a few bad games out of Rask that you haven’t seen out of Crawford, but it feels like Rask can outshine Crawford on any given game. Who is the better goaltender, like the entire playoffs thus far, will determine the winner. Unless something drastic happens, the goaltender that raises the cup will be the MVP of the playoffs. 

Both teams are very deep, and they have skill to burn. That is where the similarities end.
Bruins are grittier, stronger defensively, and do not have the same type of top end talent. Their forwards are better leaders who might not score as much as the Blackhawks but will be clutch and as a whole play better defensively. Another way to say this is that the Hawks have better star power, but the Bruins have more team players. This is a big reason to give the edge to the Bruins, and is why they ripped apart the Penguins. 

I am going to keep this short, I picked the Bruins back in April and I am not going to bail on them, especially after they ruthlessly dispatched the Penguins in a way I didn’t even see coming. I will say I am upset that LA didn’t make it because now there is a villain that could win the Cup. I really hope the Bruins win. Bruins in six.


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