104.5 The Team ESPN Radio's Mike Lindsley recently talked with Union head men's hockey coach Rick Bennett about the Stanley Cup Finals, Bennett's new contract, last year's Union hockey run and next year's schedule
The Stanley Cup Finals begin Wednesday night in Chicago when the Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the NHL's championship series. If Chicago loses, its fans may storm the offices of the city of nearby Park Ridge, Ill. in protest because the suburb's leaders obviously don't understand NHL playoff superstitions.
The Bruins and Blackhawks, two Original 6 teams, meet for the right to raise Lord Stanley. Boston is 9-1 in the postseason since toppling Toronto in overtime of Game 7 in the opening round. Chicago is 7-1 since being down 3-1 to rival Detroit and beat last year's Cup champion Kings in the Western Conference Finals
It's an Original 6 Stanley Cup Finals, the first since 1979 and the first finals since 1972 between American Original 6 teams. Bruins and Blackhawks. Here is a preview of the series that will eventually end in one of these teams hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup, the most coveted trophy in team sports.
The 2011 Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup because of three reasons. One, Tim Thomas in goal. Two, depth. Three, effort. It is that last one that has been increased in 2013, somehow, some way, by these current Bruins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their maligned goaltender situation took center stage last night in Boston for game 3 of the eastern conference finals. Tomas Vokoun certainly held his own after a shaky start, but the Bruins got the overtime winner, in the 2nd OT and beat the Pens 2-1
The task facing the Pittsburgh Penguins is not unlike the deficit the LA Kings were facing going into game 3 of the eastern conference finals-with 1 exception. A HUGE exception. The Kings played game 3 at home, and home is where they have done their best work so far in the playoffs
Bruins-Penguins had the most intrigue of any Stanley Cup playoff series for the simple reason that the two teams play completely different styles. Boston plays tough and with depth and scores big goals at big times. Pittsburgh scores all the time and flies up and down the ice, the total finesse team that relies on superstar players.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010. The Kings raised Lord Stanley in 2012 as the first 8-seed to do so. Now, these two teams will face-off in the Western Conference Finals for the right to play for the Cup again. Here is a series preview.
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