Bruins fans thought their team’s season had come to an endAlmost one month ago, most Bruins fans thought their team’s season had come to an end. Down three goals to the Maple Leafs with one period to go, it didn’t look well for the Boston faithful.
Fast forward to today and you’ll see the team that once looked like it would be taking the month of June off, taking a flight to Chicago to start their final series towards their second Stanley Cup in three years.
The Bruins have had quite the journey this postseason…The Bruins have had quite the journey this postseason filled many surprises some didn’t even think was a possibility. First, was their series with Toronto that ended with a dramatic three-goal comeback and win in overtime. Next, in their series with New York, a new star appeared. Just two days after being brought up from the Bruins’ AHL team in Providence a young, unnoticed Torey Krug took the ice in Game 1 versus the Rangers scoring his first NHL career goal.
Surprised? Maybe a little, but skip ahead four games when Krug completed his first five playoff games of his career. The rookie out of Michigan State scored four goals in those five games—the first NHL player to accomplish such a feat. Krug immediately became an impact player for the Bruins. With his talent and confidence on the ice he was able to create speed, create shooting lanes and break up plays in his own defense zone.
The Penguins had history on their side.Now with two series down the Bruins approached the Eastern Conference Finals where they faced the talented and talked about Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins had history on their side. Coming into the series they had beaten the Bruins the past six regular season meetings they had and, just as attractively, beaten the Bruins twice in the Conference Finals to advance to the Stanley Cup each time. They were a faster team, younger team and had superstars such as Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on their side.
However, with all odds on the opposite side and most predictions favoring Pittsburgh, the Bruins once again surprised many. Coming out stronger and defensively better, Boston embarrassed the Penguins in the first two games of the series on Pittsburgh’s home ice beating them 3-0 and 6-1, respectively.
What some might consider even more surprising was that the Bruins were able to finish off the series in the next two games, sweeping the Penguins and allowing only two goals against while scoring 12.
Bruins find themselves back in the Stanley Cup finals.So now the Bruins find themselves back in the Stanley Cup finals to face another talented team in the Chicago Blackhawks. This is the first time the two times have met in the playoffs since 1978 and this is the first Cup final between two Original Six teams since 1979.
The stage is set for this to be a classic series between two strong teams. Both teams can score and both teams can play strong defense. Both teams have statistically the best two goalies in the playoffs and both teams are physical. However once again the Bruins are the underdogs. The Hawks have powerhouse names such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, just like the Penguins did. The Blackhawks also started their season gaining at least a point in the first 24 games—an NHL record.
To win the Bruins just have to simply play the team hockey they have been.To win the Bruins just have to simply play the team hockey they have been. A championship is won by a team, not individuals which is exactly what they Bruins showed in their 2011 Stanley Cup win. As seen throughout this season the Bruins aren’t afraid of a challenge and with only four wins left before they can bring Lord Stanley back to Boston, the Bruins know they have one more challenge ahead of them.