Both Teams Favoring Physical Play Over Feeling Each Other Out During Hit-Heavy Start to Cup Final (Video)

The Bruins and Blackhawks are the first and only teams who will be playing an opponent from the opposite conference this NHL season, so many onlookers expected things to start slowly in the Cup Final. That wasn’t the case.

The big hits in the first period of Game 1 are a testament to that, and a likely indicator of the kind of series we’re in for between these two teams. While the Bruins are known for their grit, the Hawks are no slouches either — and they seem eager to prove it.

NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette is excited to see what else this series has in store.

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