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NHL Powerhouses Shine In Final Four

by Photo of Karly Redpath

The Blackhawks and Bruins are rolling in their series despite facing close calls earlier in the playoffs.

NHL Powerhouses Shine In Final Four

As the final four NHL teams compete for a chance to win the Stanley Cup, tension is high. Though most playoff competition has come down to close series this season, two teams are dominating their conference final matchups. The Boston Bruins, who didn't necessarily have a stand out regular season, have reigned supreme in post-season play. For the Chicago Blackhawks, who dominated the NHL in the regular season, losing only 7 of their 48 games, the streak continues.

A close series came early for the Boston Bruins. In the first round of the playoffs, the Bruins allowed the Toronto Maple Leafs to tie the series 3-3 after Boston raced out to a 3-1 series advantage. The Bruins won an exciting Game 7 over the Leafs coming back from a two goal deficit in the final two minutes of the third period. Since the exciting win at the TD Garden, The Bruins have become seemingly unstoppable. They have won 7 of their last 8 playoff games. They currently have a 2-0 lead over the Penguins in the race for the Stanley Cup and crushed the Penguins in a 6-1 victory in Game 2 on Monday night.

For the Chicago Blackhawks, their close-call series came against the Detroit Red Wings in the second round. After the series was tied 1-1, the Red Wings took a 3-1 lead. However, Chicago managed to storm back and won three consecutive games to secure themselves a chance to continue on. The Blackhawks topped the NHL leaderboard in the regular season. They have added to their stellar regular season performance and are currently 10-4 in the playoffs. The Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-2 win in Game 2 on Sunday to also take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Though it is clear that Boston and Chicago have been dominant, it is also not impossible for Los Angeles or Pittsburgh to prevail. The Kings have won more home games than the Blackhawks (19 compared to the Chicago's 17.) It is not unthinkable for last year's Stanley Cup winners to make this a competitive series in the standings. The Penguins topped the regular season leaderboard with a 36-12 record, coming second to only Chicago, so it is also not impossible that the Pittsburgh could turn things around. However, for now it seems the Bruins and Blackhawks will continue dominating the playoffs with smart, well-played hockey. And to think both teams were heavily on the ropes only weeks ago.

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