Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The 2013 Stanley Cup Final, How We Got Here


The final round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs are set to begin tomorrow and the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are the final two teams standing and will face off for this year's title. It is safe to say the two teams that will be battling it out for the Stanley Cup deserve to be here and it is no fluke they've made it this far.

Lets take a look at the path both teams took to get to this point.

The Bruins were almost eliminated in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs who forced a game 7 after trailing in the series 1-3. The Leafs even went up 4-1 during game 7 before allowing 3 unanswered goals to force overtime. Then the dagger through the heart came, when Patrice Bergeron, who tied the game late to force overtime, finished the comeback to stop the comeback in the extra frame.

The Bruins made easy work of the New York Rangers in the second round jumping out to a 3-0 series lead and closed out the series in 5-games after a speed bump in game 4. The third round came just as easy for the Bruins, when they swept the star studded Penguins. The Bruins only allowed the Pens to score two goals, you read that right, two goals, during their 4-game series, a task well deserving of the Eastern Conference Championship.