by Ken Campbell - June 10, 2013 3:55 PM EDT
The Blackhawks and Bruins square off in the first Original Six Stanley Cup final since 1979. Surprisingly, it;s the first time the two storied franchises have played off for hockey's ultimate prize. Who has the edge? THN looks at the series and breaks down which team has the advantage in each key category.
Those of you who read THN regularly might recall that a mere 10 days ago, I wrote about how great the conference finals were going to be and how both were pick ‘em affairs.
by The Hockey News - June 10, 2013 2:25 PM EDT
Zach Fucale’s stellar season in goal for the Halifax Mooseheads was somewhat eclipsed by the performances from teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, but that hasn’t hurt the 18-year-old's value heading into the draft. THN’s Ryan Kennedy caught up with Fucale to discuss the success he enjoyed and more.
Zach Fucale’s stellar season in goal for the Halifax Mooseheads was somewhat eclipsed by the performances from teammates, and top draft prospects, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.
by Ryan Kennedy - June 9, 2013 12:27 AM EDT
A lousy start by the Kings and a brilliant effort by Patrick Kane helped the Blackhawks post a 4-3 OT victory and stake a place in the Cup final.
GAME 5: CHICAGO 4,LOS ANGELES 3 (2OT) - BLACKHAWKS WIN SERIES 4-1 Why Chicago Won: The Hawks jumped on a tired-looking Kings team early, staking themselves to a 2-0 lead and playing just well enough to eke out a double-overtime win over a Los Angeles team that showed all sorts of fight after that shaky opening.
by The Hockey News - June 8, 2013 12:06 PM EDT
This season MacKinnon led the Halifax Mooseheads to their first Quebec League title and also their first Memorial Cup championship, while earning MVP honors in the tournament. And MacKinnon doesn’t just deliver on the ice. He was also responsible for getting fellow top prospects Jonathan Drouin and Zach Fucale to the rink.
Nathan may not go first overall at this year’s NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey, but there is no doubt the 18-year-old center is an elite talent with a knack for winning.
by Adam Proteau - June 7, 2013 11:25 PM EDT
The Penguins offense continued to sputter and Tuukka Rask continued his excellence as the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup final.
GAME 4: BOSTON 1, PITTSBURGH 0 – BRUINS WIN SERIES 4-0 Why Boston won: Once again the Bruins played nearly blemish-free hockey and when they did have defensive zone breakdowns, goalie Tuukka Rask turned aside each and every one of Pittsburgh’s offensive menaces, stopping all 26 Penguins shots for his second consecutive shutout.
by Ken Campbell - June 6, 2013 11:57 PM EDT
No Duncan Keith? No problem. The Blackhawks stars stepped up in Game 4, beating a weary-looking Kings crew that's now on the brink.
GAME 4: CHICAGO 3,LOS ANGELES 2 - BLACKHAWKS LEAD SERIES 3-1 Why Chicago won: Because they finally got some secondary scoring…to complement the contributions of their offensive superstar Bryan Bickell.
by Adam Proteau - June 6, 2013 1:08 AM EDT
Pittsburgh and Boston played the longest game of this post-season yet, but after the Bruins win, the series isn't close at all.
GAME 3: BOSTON 2, PITTSBURGH 1 (2OT) – BRUINS LEAD SERIES 3-0 Why Boston Won: For most of the night, the Penguins were at least the equal of the Bruins, but Boston took a commanding 3-0 series lead by exhibiting the same veteran calm that has carried them through the first two rounds – and also by depending on goaltender Tuukka Rask to sustain them through an onslaught of Penguins shots (Pittsburgh fired 54 shots at Rask, while Tomas Vokoun faced 40 Pittsburgh shots through nearly 76 minutes of hockey) until Patrice Bergeron scored at 15:19 of the second overtime to push the Pens to the brink of elimination.
by Ken Campbell - June 5, 2013 12:00 AM EDT
The Kings showed the effort of a champion in cutting Chicago's series lead in half and extending their home win record to 15.
GAME 3: LOS ANGELES 3, CHICAGO 1 - BLACKHAWKS LEAD SERIES 2-1 Why Los Angeles Won: After looking like a team that was gassed after two grueling series, the Kings channeled their inner Stanley Cup champion in the friendly confines of the Staples Center, where they are now riding a 15-game winning streak.
by The Hockey News - June 4, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Adam McQuaid is a valuable part of the Boston Bruins backend this post-season, averaging 15:10 of ice time per game. But McQuaid isn’t too concerned with the amount of ice time he gets - the 26-year-old is just happy he can still play. In October of 2012, doctors discovered a blood clot that not only threatened McQuaid's career, but his life.
Adam McQuaid has proven himself a valuable part of the Boston Bruins backend this post-season, averaging 15:10 of ice time per game. But McQuaid isn’t too concerned with the amount of ice time he gets - the 26-year-old is just happy he can still play at all.
by Adam Proteau - June 3, 2013 11:13 PM EDT
The Bruins scored early and often and cruised to a Game 2 win over Pittsburgh on the road.
GAME 2: BOSTON 6, PITTSBURGH 1 – BRUINS LEAD 2-0 Why Boston Won: As they did in Game 1, the Bruins came prepared to play. And this time, when they recognized a lethargic and sloppy Penguins team, they pounced from the night’s first faceoff: a Sidney Crosby turnover became a Brad Marchand breakaway goal just 28 seconds into the opening period and set an ominous tone.
by The Hockey News - June 2, 2013 11:17 PM EDT
The Hawks chased Jonathan Quick and used their speed to skate around the Kings in earning a 2-0 series lead.
GAME 2: CHICAGO 4, LOS ANGELES 2 – BLACKHAWKS LEAD 2-0 Why the Blackhawks Won: Speed, speed and more speed. This series is a showdown of conflicting styles of play and through two games it’s the Hawks’ system that has dominated.
by The Hockey News - June 1, 2013 11:05 PM EDT
The Blackhawks out-shot and out-chanced the Kings, but only got by with a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the West final; and Game 1 of the East final had its share of shenanigans, with the Bruins taking the 1-0 series lead.
GAME 1: CHICAGO 2, LOS ANGELES 1 – BLACKHAWKS LEAD SERIES 1-0 Why the Blackhawks Won: Simply, because the Kings are incompetent when it comes to generating offense on the road.
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