On the Back of Tuukka Rask and a dominate scoring line the Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals on Thursday night. This will be the Bruins first trip to the Final since dropping the 2013 cup to the Blackhawks.
Boston finished the sweep of the Hurricanes thanks to a shutout, featuring 24 terrific saves by Tuukka Rask. Rask who has sometimes been the ire, of both the Boston fans and media showed last night and really the whole post season (.942 Sv%) that this what he is capable of. In fairness to the rest of the lads on the ice last night this Bruins team have given him something he’s never really had in the postseason, and that’s an offense that 9 out of 10 times will score enough points, or when down gives him the confidence they can at least come back and tie it up if not take the lead.
Much of that has to do with the incredible, fun, and efficient scoring line of wingers Brad Marchand (18 PTS), David Pastrnak (15 PTS), and center Patrice Bergeron (13 PTS). Heading to game 4 last night they combined for 6 PTS total against the Hurricanes not bad. Each guy averaging almost a point a game. Then they exploded! Marchand had 2 PTS (1G & 1A), Pastrnak had 3 (1G & 2A), and future captain Bergeron also had 3 PTS (2G & 1A). That was more the enough for the Bruins to break out the brooms and finish the sweep of the upstart underdog Carolina Hurricanes.
Now obviously I’m biased but i cant see a way in which the Bruins don’t win Lord Stanley’s Cup. People will bring up rest vs rust ( I as most people predict the Sharks and Blues will go 7) so the Bruins could potentially be out of competitive action for 8 days. Don’t think it matters, that’s the beauty of having a team mixed with experience and youth. Next both west teams could be teams of destiny.
First the sharks are lead by former Boston Bruin great Joe Thornton who is still pursuing his first Cup at the ripe age of 39, and people forget the Blues were in last place on January 30th. This doesn’t concern me because feel good story’s in hockey never workout, You had the hurricanes this year, the expansion Golden Knights last year, the 2010 upstart Flyers. Nice stories in hockey seem to get just far enough so they can get their hearts ripped out and stomped out by a superior hockey team.
Damn the hockey gods can be fickle. Get ready Boston and prepare the Duck boats as the Bruins should join the Red Sox and the Patriots with a Parade of their own. Bruins in six doesn’t matter who they play.