Well, we have now made it to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Boston Bruins facing the Chicago Blackhawks, a battle of two original six teams. Boston dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning their series four games to none. Chicago beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions the L.A. Kings.
Boston and Chicago have met six times in the postseason with Boston winning five of those match-ups. Boston won a two game, total goals series in 1927 10 goals to five. Boston would win a best of three series in 1942, two games to one. They would not met again in the postseason until 1970, when Boston again won four games to none in the semifinals. Boston would beat Chicago again in the semifinals in 1974, four games to two. Chicago won their only series against Boston in the first round of the 1975 playoffs, two games to one. Three years later, Boston would beat Chicago four games to none in the quarterfinals.
2013 marks the first time that Boston and Chicago have faced off for the Stanley Cup. Chicago is the Presidents’ Trophy winner this year and have so far not been cursed by winning the Presidents’ Trophy (most teams end up not winning the Stanley Cup in the year they win the Presidents’ Trophy.) Boston was lucky to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (they were down 4-1 with 15 minutes left in game seven before coming back to win 5-4 in overtime.) They then followed up winning four games to one against the New York Rangers in the second round, and then upset the Pittsburgh Penguins four games to none.
For Boston, this is the third time in this year’s postseason that they have played an Original Six opponent, after beating Toronto in the first round and the New York Rangers in the second round. Chicago beat Detroit in the second round, making Boston the second Original Six team.
After the Conference Finals, my record stands at 9-5 after Chicago won, but Pittsburgh lost. My prediction is for Chicago to win the Stanley Cup in six games. Chicago has simply been too good this year, and I still believe that Boston was lucky to get out of the first round.