In the eyes of Chicago and Boston sports fans, June 24, 2013 was the date, and TD Garden was the location, of the most shocking sports thefts in recent memory. Down 2-1 with just over a minute remaining in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in 17 seconds to stun the Boston Bruins and win the Stanley Cup. The two teams have played since then, and while there may not be a rivalry developing, the Hawks will return to the scene of the crime, hoping to continue a recent hot streak.
The Hawks have struggled for much of the 2014 calendar year. The last time these two met, it was in January during the Hawks’ slump, but the two played a game worthy of last year’s Cup Final. The Bruins, however, have been running away with the weaker Eastern Conference. But these two squads are, for the most part, the same two squads that played a total of around eight games.
The Bruins, however, added some extra offensive firepower in the acquisition of Jarome Iginla. The Hawks also have some new firepower in the form of Teuvo Teravainen, a Finnish phenom who is being labeled the “next Patrick Kane.” However, Kane is injured for the rest of the season, so the Hawks are diluted. He should be ready to go by the time the playoffs start, however. Hawks goalie Corey Crawford is also on his own hot streak, while Tuukka Rask is making his case for the Vezina Trophy.
The Hawks come in with more to gain than the Bruins. An inexplicable late-season slump has damaged their playoff seeding hopes. The Bruins, of course, want a little revenge for the theft the Hawks committed last year. The Hawks are looking to keep things simple in an attempt to build some momentum towards the playoffs. They should be eager to play in Boston.
It’s still very much up in the air whether these two teams play again in June. Until then, fans should expect a good game. The Hawks want to gain some momentum before the playoffs, but so do the Bruins. The Hawks may not have Kane, but don’t expect them to stop playing the way they usually do, and the Bruins will do what they usually do. Either way, it should be a good game.