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.
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.
Let's be honest for a minute - it is no big secret to fans of 104.5 "The Team" that Bruce Jacobs is one of the biggest die-hard fans of the New York Rangers in the entire Capital Region. With the pompous attitude he brings with every victory and borderline depression he carries with every loss, the host of "Game On" every weekday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. is very open about his love for the Blueshirts through thick and thin.
The Rangers were a dangerous team heading into the playoffs. Star goalie, Rick Nash's supposed Broadway playoff hunger, depth, last year's experience of losing in the conference finals, the magic of Madison Square Garden...
Goaltending-depth-star scoring-special teams. Those are the four keys to a Stanley Cup run. The Rangers certainly have the first one, even if Henrik Lundqvist had a bad Game 2 against the Bruins. Other than the goalie though, the Blueshirts are in trouble.
It was some weekend in sports. The Knicks are dead and so is the Triple Crown in horse racing. Hockey's Rangers are in trouble and there is a new winner on the PGA Tour. Let's take a look at the Top 5 weekend performers in sports.
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