Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the Stanley Cup during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Finals: A Case for the Boston Bruins

The city of Boston is strong with hockey heritage, but there is more than that resting on the results of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

Entering the NHL in 1924, the Boston Bruins are one of the most storied franchises in NHL history.  They have held the title of Stanley Cup Champions six times in their past; 1928-29, 1938-39, 1940-41, 1969-70, 1971-72, and 2010-11.

After winning the cup in 2011 the Bruins did not have to rebuild their team.  In fact, in 2011-12, the Bruins finished with just one less point than they had in their Cup winning year, but failed to go deep in the playoffs.

For 2013 the Boston Bruins had to replace iconic Tim Thomas, but have found a more worthy replacement in Tukka Rask.  The team’s core is still the same and Zdeno Chara is once again proving that he is an elite talent in the NHL.

David Krejci is on leading the pack in the playoffs and seems to be putting up points without effort

Still though, even though this Bruins team is one that has everything going for them, they need to win for more than themselves or their fans.

The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals is more about the city of Boston.  On April 15, 2013, Boston experienced a tragedy.  The city was in mourning after two pressure cooker bombs went off during the Boston Marathon killing three people and injuring 264.

Boston fought back and the country stood behind the city.  Chants of “U-S-A” filled NHL arenas; teams paid respect when visiting the city, Boston was on the map for bouncing back.

The 2013 Boston Bruins need to win the cup for more than just their team, but for their city.  Boston is strong and poised going into the Stanley Cup Finals after sweeping perhaps the strongest offensive team in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Just four wins away from the cup championship, I am throwing my support behind the Boston Bruins.  I think the Bruins can bring home the cup in six games.

Tonight the Stanley Cup Finals begin in Chicago, but keep in mind that this is about more than hockey, this is about an entire city; no, a country.

Stay tuned to Bleedin’ Blue for reactions to the Cup Finals and other NHL news and check out my take on the Chicago Blackhawks as well.


-Alex Hodschayan

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