The Boston Bruins looked down and out against the Toronto Maple Leafs, what seemed like way back when in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
Maybe it was the inexperience of a franchise unable to know what it is like to win a playoff series, but the Toronto Maple Leafs crumbled under the pressure, and the Boston Bruins flipped the switch, and played angry hockey that led them to Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Boston Bruins were shown tonight, just how that type of treatment felt. Up by a goal with time ticking down - the Chicago Blackhawks were heading back to the Windy Cindy one way or the other, but the Boston Bruins were hoping it was in preparation for the epic Game 7 to end the season.
It was not going to be so, with just seventeen seconds between tallies, Chicago scored with the empty net – to what was looking like the game tying goal and another set of overtime games. Sensing the Boston Bruins were shell shocked from the tying goal, Chicago attacked, and the celebration was set to begin.
Buffalo’s own Patrick Kane brings home the Conn Smythe honors, although I think the award was given to the wrong player. I think despite being on the losing team, Tuukka Rask was more important to his team than Kane was to him. Not wanting to miss out on the chance to capitalize on more fan money, at 11:04 I got an email from the NHL telling me that Blackhawk’s Championship gear was already available for purchase.
The Boston Bruins deserved a game seven. It was a great run, it was a great series. The fans of the game deserve a game 7, after having half the season wiped away. The Chicago Blackhawks deserve the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks will be heading back to Chicago tonight, with the Stanley Cup.
Congratulations to the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.