Originally written on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 6/9/13
After a 113 day lockout, a shortened 48 game season and fourteen series of playoff hockey, we have arrived at the Stanley Cup Finals in a matchup between the big, bad Boston Bruins and the run-and-gun Chicago Blackhawks. For the first time since 1979, two Original Six teams will face-off in the Finals—go ahead and take a drink. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr played in both cities during his entire career, but his heart belongs in Boston forever. How did they get here? The Bruins played the “all-mighty” Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, where they swept the Pens with ease. Tuukka Rask stood on his head all four games limiting the Penguins to only two goals the entire series. Rask was helped by their strong defense led by 6’9” Zdeno Chara, who made an incredible helicopter save in Game 4 to secure the series win on home ice. For the Blackhawks, they were able to defeat the reigning Stanley Cup Champs of 2012 Los Angeles Kings in five games. Chicago wa...
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