The 2013 Stanely Cup Finals will feature the first original six matchup since 1979. David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, and Tuukka Rask lead the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins against Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford and the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks. This should be one of the more exciting Finals matchups in recent memory because both teams have a lot in common. First off, there is the experience. There are several players currently on Chicago from the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion team and there are also 18 players currently on the Bruins from the 2011 championship team. Both teams have proven winners with championship experience. Secondly, both teams have shown resilience in these playoffs. The Boston Bruins came back from three down in the third period against Toronto in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, while Chicago overcame a 3-1 series deficit against Detroit in the Western Conference Semifinals. Finally, these two teams play a similar brand of hockey. They are tough physical teams with great players on both ends, excellent goaltending, great depth up front and on the blue lines, and a veteran coaching staff. I think this series may just come down to who has more momentum right now. The Bruins have won nine out of their last ten games, and Tuukka Rask posted a 99% save percentage against the best offense in the league en route to a sweep. Therefore, my prediction is the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup Finals in six games.
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