Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/22/13 at 11:34 AM ET
from Stu Hackel of Sports Illustrated,
Like two heavyweight boxers who can throw and absorb a big punch, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will answer the bell on Saturday night in what is now a best-of-three for the Stanley Cup. The teams returned to Chicago for Game 5, and don't be surprised if this final continues to look like a Rocky film, with marathon bouts that somehow don't end even though the fighters trade heavy roundhouse blows that in real life would knock out the other guy.
Much of the pre-series speculation held that this Original Six encounter looked like a pick 'em affair that would go the distance, and that increasingly seems like the way it will play out. Plus, with three of the four games having gone into overtime, this final has tied the mark for the second most OTs in a Cup championship series and there's no reason to think we won't see at least one remaining game go an additional frame.
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