Bruins to Battle Blackhawks for NHL Supremacy

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The Black and Gold did not have to wait long to find out whom they would be squaring off with in the Stanley Cup. One day following the Bruins sweep of Pittsburgh, the Chicago Blackhawks finished off the Los Angeles Kings, setting up an Original Six showdown in the finals. Both clubs boast a wealth of rich history, though these two powerhouses have never met in the post season. Chicago last one the Cup in 2010 and Boston in 2011.

One could argue that the Bruins and Blackhawks are teams of destiny considering what each was forced to overcome on their way to the Cup Final. Chicago battled back from a three-games-to-one series deficit against the Detroit Red Wings in their semi-final matchup. Boston amazingly overcome a three goal Maple Leaf lead in game 7 of their opening round series. The efforts put forth by the two sides cannot be overlooked, as no teams are more deserving.

This series will definitely be one to remember. The Bruins and Blackhawks are strikingly similar and are currently red-hot. They are a couple of deep, veteran loaded squads. With plenty of playoff experience, several household names, and a pair of diehard fan bases, a series of this magnitude promises to deliver on all fronts.

The Blackhawks have won seven of their last eight contests, while the Bruins have ripped off nine of their last ten. Chicago’s five game dismantling of the defending champion Kings certainly ranks up their with the Bruins dominance in sweeping the Penguins. Each side has heavily outscored its opponent, as Corey Crawford of Chicago and Tuukka Rask of Boston supply stellar goaltending.

It’s hard to believe that these two teams could very well have been bounced from the playoffs weeks ago. Instead their hard work, dedication, and drive to succeed has paid off. Throw a little luck into the equation and dynasty talk suddenly becomes appropriate for both.

Expect a closely fought tilt night in and night out, as it’s hard to hand out a decisive advantage in this matchup. Game 1 will be held Wednesday night at 8:00 PM from the United Center in Chicago.

 Frank O’Laughlin – Lead NHL Contributor – Titletown Sports Network

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