I started writing for The Sports Headquarters blog during this season, so I figured that I'd start linking my blog posts here...
It's been a great postseason so far. 16 team started, but only two remain. We've seen sweeps, seven game series, highlight reel goals, and incredible saves. And now we're ready to watch the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins battle for the world's most revered sports trophy, Lord Stanley's Cup.
So how did each team get here? The Bruins began their postseason with a tight seven game fight with their division rival Montreal Canadiens. The favored Bruins nearly didn't make it out of the first round, but found a way to win the end. The next round saw them easily sweep the Philadelphia Flyers, avenging last year's collapse the best they could. And most recently, they were taken to the brink by the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven game series. It's been a cakewalk or an all out war so far for the Bruins.
Much like the B's, the Canucks were nearly knocked out of the first round by last year's Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks. It took them overtime in Game 7 after losing a 3-0 series lead to capture a berth to the Semifinals Round. In the second round, the Canucks took some hard blows from the Predators, but ultimately won in 6 games. Their last opponent, the San Jose Sharks, were caught, skinned, and fileted in 5 games. The Canucks seem to have gotten better as the playoffs wore on.
The Canucks have never won a Stanley Cup. Their last appearance was in 1994 when that Mark Messier guy's Rangers took the title in 7 games. But maybe more importantly, they're trying to bring the Cup back to Canada for the first time since 1993 via the Montreal Canadiens. The Boston Bruins are looking to end a drought of their own as they are Cupless since 1972. One team will bring a long-awaited end to an era without a Cup.
The Boston Bruins play a big, bruising, physical style of play. They grind their opponents into submission with a barrage of heavy checking, which wears down the opponent's defense and makes them very susceptible to turnovers and poor decisions, all because they hear the footsteps of Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, and Brad Marchand (the ironically smallest player in the series, but plays a big game) coming in behind them. They lead a balanced attack up front with a powerful first line of David Krecji, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic and have good depth on their second and third lines with the likes of Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Brad Marchand, and Michael Ryder. Rock back on your heels and you'll find yourself pinned deep in the defensive zone with the Bruins buzzing all around.
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