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It’s The St. Louis Blues Against The Boston Bruins

NEW YORK (May 21, 2019) – The National Hockey League today confirmed the schedule for the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, which will match the Western Conference champion St. Louis Blues against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins, with Game 1 scheduled for Monday, May 27, in Boston.

Based on their higher regular-season point total, the Bruins will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.

The Blues will host Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary.

In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 4, and, if necessary, Games 5-7. NBCSN will televise Games 2 and 3.

In Canada, Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports will broadcast the entire series.

All games also will be carried by NBC Sports Radio/Westwood One and SiriusXM Radio. NHL Network will air live programming on-site in Boston and St. Louis, and NHL.com will continue to provide extensive digital coverage.

Media Day in advance of the Stanley Cup Final will take place on Sunday, May 26, at TD Garden, with comprehensive live coverage featured on NHL Network throughout the day. A full schedule of events forStanley Cup Final Media Day will be released at a later date.

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Stanley Cup Final Will Start May 27th In Boston

NEW YORK (May 17, 2019) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and television information for the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Monday, May 27, in Boston. Additionally, Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be held on either Saturday, May 25 or Sunday, May 26, in Boston.

The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Western Conference Final, either the San Jose Sharks or St. Louis Blues, against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.

The Bruins collected 107 points during the regular season, most among the remaining teams, followed by San Jose (101) and St. Louis (99). Boston will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final, and will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The Western Conference champions will host Games 3 and 4 and, if necessary, Game 6.

The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Group has exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final in the U.S., while Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports have exclusive coverage throughout Canada.

SCF game dates below.

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Is It All Well In Montreal?

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

How many Stanley Cups have the Montreal Canadiens won since 2011? How many times in the last eight years have they made it to the Cup final? The answers are zero and zero.

With the Boston Bruins sweeping those Carolina Hurricanes “jerks” via a 4-0 pummelling Thursday night, the Habs’ archrivals are set to go the Cup final for the third time since 2011. To refresh the selective memories of delusional Habs fans, Boston won the Cup in 2011, then made it back to the final in 2013 and famously came within seconds of forcing Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks. So that adds up to one Cup and three finals in eight years, and most people I know think the Bruins are the most likely 2019 Cup winners.

Yet here in Montreal, so many are still saying that everything is just fine and dandy with their hockey team. The strange argument goes something like this: We missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, but we have all these great prospects and the future’s bright. Well I’d suggest that predicting the future, plus $4.50, will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Who knows what’s gonna happen in the next few seasons?

All we know for sure is what happened in the past and by that measure, the situation with the Canadiens is dire. In my last column, I pointed out that our real rivals are the Bruins, but I’m beginning to wonder how long that will last. You can only be rivals in the NHL if you meet in the playoffs and you can’t meet anyone in the playoffs if you don’t reach the post-season. The fact is there is a real rivalry building between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins because they’ve met in a few recent hard-fought post-season series.

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The Ride Continues For The Boston Bruins

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This is supposed to be a young man’s league, but the greybeards have another shot at immortality.

Zdeno Chara. Patrice Bergeron. Brad Marchand. Tuukka Rask. David Krejci.

None of them are under 30 years of age, and each is still playing a prime-time role for the Boston Bruins eight years after first lifting the Stanley Cup in 2011. Together with a special group of young reinforcements, they’ve earned the opportunity to try and do it again.

“It’s very special. It means a lot,” said Bergeron. “We kind of grew up together. The core group has been through a lot, I guess. Ups and downs.

“Over the last few years we’ve built something special with the young guys … they’re a big part of this group and this team. They want to get better. They’re big-time players and they relish any challenge. It’s been a fun ride.”

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The Boston Bruins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

The Bruins completed the sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 win tonight.

Boston was the better team throughout the series and earned the outcome.

The earliest end date for the WCF is Sunday, May 19th and the latest it can end is Thursday, May 23rd.

So way too early to say when the SCF will start.

I'll add highlights to this post when available.

added 11:01pm, Handshakes below.

added 11:17pm, Prince of Wales Trophy presentation is below.

added 11:41pm, game highlights below...

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Open Post- The Boston Bruins Can Eliminate The Carolina Hurricanes Tonight

Boston leads the series 3-0 and have been the better team.

Carolina has hope but other than that, it looks like this series is over.

Late news, Chara out tonight, replaced by John Moore.

 

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Tuukka Rask Has Been The Difference

from Fran Seravalli of TSN,

You can just feel it, Rod Brind’Amour was saying.

You could feel it in the first period on Tuesday night, the wind sucked out of the Hurricanes. They threw the kitchen sink at Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins’ stone cold killer didn’t blink.

Two U’s. Two K’s. Too good.

“He’s definitely the difference-maker, you can feel it,” Brind’Amour said. “He makes the save that maybe should go in. There were a couple point-blankers. When you make them over and over, on some real good Grade A [chances], that’s how you win.”

The message was clear: If the Hurricanes couldn’t win that period, with 20 shots on net and three power plays including a two-man advantage, they don’t have a prayer to win this Eastern Conference final.

There may be a Game 4 on Thursday night, but it felt like Rask delivered the knockout blow to the Bunch of Jerks’ dream season already.

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Curtis McElhinney May Be In Goal Tonight For The Canes

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

With their season essentially hanging in the balance, you have to believe the Carolina Hurricanes are turning to Curtis McElhinney.

Down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final after being shelled for two games by the Boston Bruins, they need to change something. Rod Brind’Amour inadvertently dropped a hint when he refused to name a starting goaltender for Game 3, putting up a smokescreen on Tuesday morning that he probably wouldn’t bother with if he was simply rolling out Petr Mrazek again.

The motivation behind Brind’Amour’s sleight of hand seemed to be more based in ritual than any perceived competitive advantage.

"Just why not? I can’t be that guy who does that, right?" he said. "I know who we’re starting, but I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Sorry."

Based on recent performance, it’s an easy choice.

The Bruins preyed on Mrazek’s tendency to come out to the top of the blue paint and aggressively challenge shooters while putting 10 pucks behind him on 52 shots to open the series. Those were his first two starts after returning from a groin injury and can’t be classified as confidence-builders.

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The Boston Bruins Take A 2-0 Lead Over The Carolina Hurricanes

from Kevin Allen of SA TODAY,

After the Boston Bruins downed the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Final, Carolina coach Rod Brind'amour accurately pointed out that the game wasn’t as one-sided as the score indicated.

He could not make the same claim about Boston’s 6-2 win against the Hurricanes in Game 2.

This game was worse than the score indicated because it exposed how much the Hurricanes have to raise their game to be able to compete with the Bruins.

The Bruins are simply too deep and goalie Tuukka Rask is too sharp for the Hurricanes right now. The Bruins have now won five playoff games in a row, dating back to the Columbus Blue Jackets series.

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Game highlights are below.

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Video- Brad Marchand Doing What He Does

Bruins up 4-0 after two periods.

Boston did score while Williams was in the box.

 

 

added 5:01pm, Boston writer with a comment below.

added 5:03pm, Longer video below.

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