Certainly can't argue the Blackhawks deserved it, but it's pretty hard to argue the B's didn't deserve a little better fate too. So much equating to "winning", is intangible.
Just my take, but I feel the B's played way beneath themselves against Washington last year, and Toronto this year. Against Pitts, and the Rangers, they appeared other-worldly,..absolutely made of steel. Now many feel Chicago was the better team. I respect them...congratulate them, but disagree.
For our Bruins, lady luck frowned on them. A little mini slump rolled in at just the wrong time, and that intangible stuff, just all came together in the finals. The teams cancelled out with injuries.
Despite Rask being average, as well as the top 2 lines, I still feel the B's controlled play more than the Hawks over the course of 6 games. Chara and Seidenberg played below themselves too. Yet, it was a barn-burner.
As critical as I've been about Seguin, i'm really pleased at how he played those last few games. Still let us down offensively, but I think I'm witnessing a boy transition into a man. Soderberg impressed me, who wasn't pleasantly surprised by Krug, and Paille was miles above himself.
There's probably a statistic out there stating a ratio between mistakes...and goals scored against. Lets just say that for every 15 executional mistakes....on average, 1 goal is scored against you. In the finals, Boston got burned beyond the norm. Seems every mistake ended up in their net. I understand good teams like Chicago will force that, but, things were still out of whack. I get disgusted sometimes with officials, but I don't blame them for the outcomes. They make mistakes...it happens. Case in point....the hand pass. Honest mistake on their part, yet luck jumps in, and the puck ends up behind Rask.
How about ugly, plinko goals? The Hawks had horseshoes up their behinds in that area too.
This series reminded me so much of those assorted nightmares against Montreal in years past. Many times, the B's played as good or better, yet they didn't get the bounces. Our Bruins got virtually none against the Blackhawks. When teams are as balanced as they are these days....you need a few to win a Cup. Couple that with the reality that your stars aren't performing like stars, and it's easy to see this team was plenty good enough. They were merely outscored by a goal or 2 over 6 games, and as we all know....that dictates the winner. If the series were to start again tomorrow, I'd be even more confident betting on the B's. I'd also bet the farm Boston wouldn't take out Pitts 4 straight again too.
1 Boston o/t goal in game 4...and I believe history would've been changed. The Hawks woulda been disposed of a la Rangers. The papers would be talking about one of the most dominant playoff performances in league history. Superlatives like powerhouse and dynasty would be tossed around everywhere. On the other hand, 1 o/t goal against... vs Toronto, and those same people are screaming for people's heads. "Blow up the team, it stinks". "Trade everyone". That stuff is so predictable, and so ill informed.
That ladder between outhouse....and penthouse, isn't at all what most people think it is.
Congratulations Blackhawks. Again. No sour grapes here. Just pointing out the unpredictability of this great game, and the folly of overreacting to loss. This team should be really good for quite a while. Cup potential good. The cap isn't going to be a problem. There is no impending departure that can't be replaced.
No cup hangover to worry about moving forward. We'll get em next year.