Any way you slice it, the 2013 Stanley Cup Final will be a thrilling matchup.
On one side you have the Boston Bruins — a team that struggled with consistency throughout the season and seemed to flip a switch into another gear heading into the playoffs. The B’s squeaked their way past the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round and have been on a roll ever since. Their most recent takedown was Friday night’s win over the No.1 seeded Penguins to cap off a four-game sweep and capture the Prince of Wales Trophy.
The team that the Bruins will face in the Final is still undetermined. The Blackhawks lead the Kings 3-1 in the Western Conference finals best-of-seven series, and the Hawks look to close it out tonight in front of their home crowd in Chicago.
After starting the lockout-shortened regular season 6-0, the Hawks continued to set franchise and league records, while the Kings started their season 0-3 coming off of their 2012 Stanley Cup championship.
The battle for the Cup this year comes down to the three teams who have won it the previous three years — so they all know what it will take to come out victorious. Who would you prefer to see the Bruins face in the Final?