The Stanley Cup Finals start tonight (6-12-13) and for the first time since 1979 a pair of teams from the “Original Six” will face off to see who will hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup when it’s all said and done.
In ’79 it was the NY Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers were in the finals for the first time since 1972, while the Canadiens were the defending champions, and making their fourth straight appearance. Montreal took the best of 7 series in 5 games.
2013 it will be a team that set a regular season record, against a team that is the definition of staying “Strong.” The Chicago Blackhawks (Cup Winners 2010) and the Boston Bruins (Cup Winners 2011) will start the best of seven series tonight.
After a lengthy lockout that finally ended in late January and allowed only a 48 game regular season games…the Blackhawks set a record for the best start to a season. Chicago went 21-0-3 to start 2013 and set the record for the most consecutive games without a loss in regulation which resulted in the other record of longest point streak at 24.
As for Boston in their Quarter-Finals, they trailed by three goals in the third period of game 7 against Toronto (remember the Bruins were down 3-1 at one point) and still down by 2 with less than 90 seconds left in regulation. They scored both goals within 31 seconds sending the game into overtime. Once in overtime they scored again beating the ‘Leafs 5-4. Boston remained strong and SWEPT the heavily favored Penguins in the Eastern Confrence Finals in four straight.
Both teams have hard acts to follow…but for the hard-core as well as the casual hockey fan, this is one has shaped to be one for the ages rich in history and emotion.
*For Milwukee Admirals Fans – they will be keeping their eyes on former Admirals Rich Peverley of Boston and Sheldon Brookbank of Chicago.