For the first time since 1995, a Stanley Cup contest will be played on Jun. 24 or later. Following a lockout-shortened season, things are a bit backed up, not to mention it’s been a nail biter of a series between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.
Well, with the temperatures soaring into the mid-to-upper 90s in the city of Boston on Monday, ice conditions for Game 6 remain up in the air. It’s nothing that will affect the status of the game, but it very well could be a factor.
The weather has caused the ice to become a bit sloppy, even in prior games this series. Monday is the hottest of the days leading up to a Stanley Cup game however, and if Boston forces a Game 7 — temperatures in Chicago on Wednesday are also expected to be near 90 degrees.
So, either way it’s what comes with late June hockey and regardless of the ice conditions, one team will be crowned champions this week. Fresh off back-to-back victories, the Blackhawks are hoping to close the door on the road and hoist the Stanley Cup in Boston on Monday. The Bruins however, will be looking to deflect that scenario and force a Game 7 back in the Windy City.
Keep in mind that the last time the Bruins trailed 3-2 in a Stanley Cup Final, they came back to win it all in seven. That of course came just two seasons ago in 2011.
While ice conditions are not expected to be ideal, the teams are prepared for any and all sloppy play that may come of it. It will be interesting to see which way the puck bounces on Monday night.
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