The Stanley Cup finals have two teams that can change the course of a game with just one furious sprint from their players. Bruins and Blackhawks clash in game one at United Center at 8 PM ET in what should be a long well played battle.
“Once you’ve seen it, and not being on the ice, I think everybody would like to have that chance someday,” Tuukka Rask from the Bruins said. “For me, it came pretty early after our win and I’m just trying to make the most out of it and enjoy myself.”
The Bruins are rolling with nine wins over the last 11 games, including a sweep over the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston knows all that would mean nothing if they don’t win the Stanley Cup, but they also know they have a goalie who’s just hot.
“He’s just, I think, fundamentally a good goalie,” Boston defenseman Andrew Ference said. “As far as positioning and his style, he has a very consistent style, so he doesn’t really get himself into I think too many bad situations.”
Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks is the other goalie who’s rolling. Chicago is known for not giving away Power Plays, but when everything fails Crawford is there to stop everything.
“I’d say I learned a lot, especially some of the goals I gave up last year I wasn’t very happy with,” Crawford said. “Just able to learn from that. Get over it, and move on. No matter what happens, there’s always a next shot, so you have to make sure you’re there to save the next one.”
The Bruins victory in game one is listed +135 and the Blackhawks -155.