For the second time in three seasons the Bruins will participate in the Stanley Cup Final. This time the Bruins will be skating against Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks when the series kicks off Wednesday night in Chicago.
The Bruins are coming off a four-game sweep of the East’s top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a 1-0 Game 4 series clinching victory last Friday night in Boston.
The Hawks got here via a five-game series victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings. The Kings took the Blackhawks to overtime in Game 5, but Patrick Kane completed a hat trick in overtime to send Chicago back to the Stanley Cup.
From an offensive standpoint, the Blackhawks are very similar to the Penguins with goal scorers like Kane, Toews , Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp. Defensively Chicago is very solid with one of the best one-two punches in the league in Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. In net, the Hawks are led by Corey Crawford, who much like Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been excellent in goal during the playoffs.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at what the Bruins have to do in order to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Boston.