The Bruins are a big and physical team. Even their offensively gifted players are physical as well. There is a reason why they came from behind against the Maple Leafs.
Also, if you happened to catch the complete dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the days between Blackhawks games, it was something to behold.
The Blackhawks didn’t see the Bruins this season due to the lockout. They were one of the three teams I was a little worried about during the playoffs along with the Blues and the Ducks.
Lets take a look at five of their players you might not be too familiar with:
Brad Marchand is a man of many nicknames. The little of ball of hate, a weapon of mass distraction and the aptly named Nose Faced Killah, a take from Wu-Tang Clan member, Ghostface Killah due to the size of his nose. He’s basically Boston’s version of Andrew Shaw. He plays the game with no fear while frustrating his opponents along the way. Blackhawks fans will get to know Marchand sooner than later due to his style of play.
Bergeron is Boston’s best all-around player. He’s their answer to Jonathan Toews. Both players are finalists for the Selke award. The award is given annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Also, they were teammates on Canada’s 2010 Gold medal winning hockey team in Vancouver. The fans will be treated to having two of the game’s best forward on the game’s highest stage.
Milan Lucic is a big man who is Boston’s most physical player. The Blackhawks will have to find a way to deal the 6’4’’, 200 lb forward. He is definitely one of those offensively gifted forwards that can get physical if need be. Lucic had no problem letting Penguins forward Jarome Iginla know that he picked the wrong team to go to before he was traded from Calgary. Expect Lucic to spearhead Boston’s physical play.
After sitting behind Tim Thomas during Boston’s Stanley Cup run two seasons ago, Tuukka Rask has come into his own as a steady netminder for the Eastern Conference Champions. Rask has posted numbers that have made Boston fans forget about how things ended with Thomas. Even though Rask is tied with Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford in wins, he has slightly better numbers in terms of shutouts and save percentage.
Chara is the Bruins captain. He stands at 6’9’’. Possibly an even 7’0’’ on skates. He is a tough and rugged competitor who wears anyone out who steps into his zone. His steady and cerebral approach to the game has paced Boston during their recent run through the playoffs. Expect for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp to get up close and personal with Chara.
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