Over the last few years, while I find both to be highly entertaining, I have still found myself drawn in more by the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff than the NBA Playoffs. Call me a pugilist or whatever you want, there's just something about the raw intensity that gets turned up a few notches when the NHL regular season concludes and the chase for Lord Stanley's Cup begins. And last night, the final minutes of the Stanley Cup Final were the pièce de résistance to another amazing year of NHL Playoff hockey.
A series that was destined to go seven games didn't but it was ok, because the series already had multiple overtime games including a three-overtime thriller and a wild Game 6 that saw the Blackhawks tally two late third period goals in 17 seconds in Boston for the victory. A Stanley Cup hasn't ever been won in that fashion. And so, the Chicago Blackhawks are 2013 Stanley Cup champs.
The Heat, Spurs, Bruins and Blackhawks are all vying for titles. All have been impressive in their own way. The Bruins battled back from a three-overtime loss in Game 1 to win in OT in Game 2. The Spurs are one win from clinching the NBA title after two wins at home in the middle of the NBA Finals
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 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
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 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.
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.
The Rangers bested the Capitals in seven games in Round 1 of hockey's playoffs. Now, it is off to Boston for a series with the Bruins, one that should be physical and competitive and could go seven games
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