Well that completes the season for 2013. We had a lockout, a record run by an Eastern Conference team, a record run by a Western Conference team, and a Stanley Cup final for the ages that went only six games, but could have been, by dead to rights a seven game series. In fact, the teams were so close, they played the equivalent of over seven hockey games.
Both teams had ups, both teams had downs, but in the end, the Chicago Blackhawks trumped the Boston Bruins. The city of Chicago had to wait 49 years and a lockout between Stanley Cups last time, this year it only took three years and a lockout.
What did you enjoy most about the Stanley Cup Finals? Here are six things we learned from watching a game six, most importantly why its important to play 60 minutes of hockey [Miami Herald].
This one will sting a little bit longer for the Boston Bruins. The city of Buffalo still stings after the 1999 No Goal, the 1991 Wide Right, and the four consecutive chances at the Vince Lombardi. There is no telling if the Boston Bruins would have won in overtime to force a Game 7 if they wouldn’t have let that second late goal in, or if they would have won game seven at all. But at least they would have had a chance. [Fox News].
A picture says a thousand words. The Chicago Blackhaws proved that actions speak louder than words. Heres a photographic look at the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. [Huffington Post].
It’s draft or bust now for the entire NHL – with the complete draft order set – its now time to reset the clock on the Stanley Cup and prepare for next season all over again. What teams will contend? How will the 2013 draft class for the Buffalo Sabres turn out? [Bleacher Report].