Why the Bruins Will Hoist the Cup Come Wednesday night
By Patrick Hoffman
As much as I wanted the St. Louis Blues to win the Stanley Cup, it is evident in my eyes that come Wednesday night's Game 7 in Boston, it will be the Bruins that get touch Lord Stanley's Cup come the final buzzer.
After watching the B's beat up the Blues in Game 6 in St. Louis, it was quite clear that the Bruins are more composed, more veteran savvy, and when put all together, are the much better hockey team. Sure, the Blues have played well enough in this series to be put in a position to win a Game 7, but for the most part, they have yet to play their best hockey when it matters most.
There are several reasons why the Bruins are going to end up winning Game 7. It starts with goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Rask has been an absolute beast in this series. He has made big save after big save, has kept his team in each game in this series, and is the main reason why the Bruins have gotten this far and are in a position to win it all.
As of this writing (June 10), Rask is 15-8 with a 1.93 goals-against average, a .938 save percentage, and four shutouts. He's come up big time and time again this postseason and with everything on the line on Wednesday night, one should expect Rask to be at his best.
Secondly, this team's leadership is unbelievable. This club has a lot of veterans with likes of Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, and Rask that all know what it takes to win a Cup.
Apparently, Bergeron gave the team a big speech prior to Game 6 and it ended up getting all the players riled up and ready to win a hockey game. Boy did they ever do that in Game 6.
Lastly, this team, much like the Blues, has won all the big games in these playoffs. Unlike the Blues, however, this team has been in the Cup Final before and knows what it takes to rise to the occasion and get the job done.
Again, I was rooting for the Blues, but come the end of the tilt on Wednesday night, it will be the Bruins that end up skating away with hockey's Holy Grail.
Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.
He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.