Game 1: Bruins-Blackhawks Preview

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Stanley Cup Finals 2013

Game 1 Preview: Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks (series tied 0-0)

Game Time: 8:00 PM

Location: United Center

TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Boston Bruins will open up the 2013 Cup Finals in Chicago at the “Madhouse on Madison.” Being the number one overall team in these NHL playoffs, the Blackshaws get the honor of opening up the series at home. These two Original Six foes will due battle for the most coveted jewel in all of sports, Lord Stanley’s Cup. This meeting will mark the first time two Original Six teams will be squaring off in the Finals since 1979. Boston has beaten Chicago in 5 of 6 playoff series over the years.

Both the Bruins and Hawks have been red-hot of late. Now that only four victories separate each squad from yet another Cup, this one should be a hardnosed tilt right from the opening face-off. Don’t forget now, Boston won it in 2011 and Chicago hoisted it in 2010.

Boston arrived in Chicago on Tuesday, following several successful practices back in Boston. Claude Julien has his men well prepared and focused on the daunting task that lay before them. Sweeping Pittsburgh was surely an accomplishment to be proud of. Though the Bruins know it will all be for not if they cannot close the deal. That is why the Black and Gold are remaining humble, taking it one step at a time.

These teams did not meet all season, so there will surely be a sense of uncertainty heading into tomorrow’s game. Milan Lucic touched open it, saying, “I think what’s going to make this series so fun is both teams don’t really know what to expect going in. I mean we haven’t played each other since Oct. of 2011 so both teams are excited, both teams are looking forward to it and I don’t think it’s going to take long for the rivalry and the battle to start in this series.”

One thing is for certain though and that’s how badly the Bruins want to repeat as champions. Tyler Seguin reiterated it perfectly, saying, “In the end, there’s nothing better than raising that Cup or celebrating with this group of guys. We have the closest group of guys I’ve ever played with, obviously I haven’t played on any other NHL teams, but it seems that we have something that’s pretty special.”

Expect the Boston lineup to remain status quo, as no changes have been indicated. Kaspars Daugavins will likely center line three, just as he did in game 4 against Pittsburgh.

The Bruins will look to keep their magical playoff run rolling along with an evening filled with strong defensive pressure, timely goal scoring, and top notch goaltending.

The Bruins expected lineup is as follows:

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Marchand-Bergeron-Jagr

Peverley-Daugavins-Seguin

Paille-Kelly-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Ference-Seidenberg

Krug-McQuaid

Rask/Khudobin

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

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