Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/10/13
The Boston Bruins will be advancing into the finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs after a 1-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Friday evening. Defensemen, Adam McQuaid, scored the only goal of the game bringing the Bruins to victory early in the third period of game 4. Boston Bruins fans everywhere celebrated the victory. This was Tuuka Rask’s second shutout of the series, only allowing the Penguins two goals in all four games that were played, coming nowhere near the Bruin’s twelve goals scored in the last four games. This was an exciting moment for Adam McQuaid, as a defensemen who rarely gets the chance to score, let alone the series-winning goal. It was his first goal in thirteen games. The moment the buzzer sounded fans went crazy after seeing the “laser beam” slap shot that went right over Penguins’ goalie, Vokoun’s, glove into the top left corner of the goal. The Bruins will be taking on the Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the finals of the Stanley Cup, which begin this Wednesday at 8pm EDT. This will be an exciting game for not only Bruins and Blackhawks games, but also almost anyone who takes a keen interest in the history of hockey. Both teams are members of the Original Six and have not met since 1978 in the Stanley Cup Finals.  It will be one of the most exciting Stanley Cup Finals matchups in recent history considering both teams are so talented and have such similar positive attributes. Neither team is particularly well acquainted with the other so it will be extremely interesting to watch unfold and see which team comes out on top. The Bruins did not face the Blackhawks this season and have not done so since October 15, 2011. Bruins’ coach, Claude Julien, said last Sunday, “We’ve done our homework, we see what they have. We’re not going in there blindly.” Hopefully, the Bruins are aware of what they are up against and give the fans an even better end to a great season. Right now the Bruins seem like an unstoppable force backed by a city that would love nothing more than to bring home the Stanley Cup, but the Blackhawks are first in the league and will surely not give up the Cup that easy. It will be a fight to the finish.   References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidents’_Trophy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stanley_Cup_champions http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/06/09/bruins-blackhawks-unfamiliar-foes/fLg2TSZA2xcK1KjsF5TcrK/story.html  

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