The only time the Bruins and Blues played in the Stanley Cup final, it produced one of the most iconic images in the game's history: Bobby Orr flying through the air after he scored the Cup goal in overtime. Game 4 to win the 1970 NHL championship. That completed the sweep for Boston, which is not too far off in terms of how many are watching this series, which begins Monday night at the north end of Beantown.
It's hard to argue against the fact that the Bruins have a better team on paper. They have depth and experience and skill. But it's harder to argue against the fact that the Blues seem to have an inexplicable chemistry since they fired their coach, Mike Yeo, on November 19, and then interim boss Craig Berube helped them out of last place in the league, which It's where they were on January 3.
So, what seems to be a mismatch could become a better series than most expect. It is not a fact that Boston will continue to enjoy the championships. Here are five key stories that could predict the winner:
The incredible career of Binnington
The Blues have been driven by rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, who had his first start in the NHL on January 7 and took 20 wins in his first 25 games in the league. The 25-year-old was named finalist of the Calder Trophy, and has kept it in the playoffs, with an average of 2.36 goals against and a saving percentage of .914. In the finals of the conference against the Sharks, Binnington allowed only two goals in 77 shots in the last three games to send his team to its first Stanley Cup final since 1970.
If the Blues are still riding this wave, it will be thanks to Binnington. But if it slips early, it could be a small crack that ends up sinking your boat.
Dismissal of the Bruins
The Bruins will have had 11 days of rest between sweeping the Hurricanes in the conference final and playing Game 1 against the Blues. That is one more day than the islanders had between the first and second rounds, and their rudeness was undoubtedly a factor in the sweep by Carolina.
The break gives the Bruins some time to recover, as Zdeno Chara missed Game 4 of the East finals with an ankle injury and Brad Marchand suffered a small blow to his left hand during an open session of intrasquad. Thursday. Fans in the TD Garden. There was also a small illness in the locker room this week, but it looks like they should be in full power on Monday night.
The physicality of the blues.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said the Blues are "probably the most physical." [team] that we've seen, "and with Boston's corpulent mentality, it should be a great fight." Although Chara is the biggest player on the ice with 6-foot-9, the Blues are a bigger group in general, and they like to throw their bodies However, they do so in a controlled manner, and rarely allow emotions to get the best of them.If they can hit the Bruins and counteract them with anger, here they are to look at you, Marchand, then they could get in the skin.
The revenge of Rask.
As good as Binnington has been, goalkeeper Tuukka Rask of the Bruins has been better this postseason, with an average of 1.84 goals against and a save percentage of .942. If the postseason ended now, it would be the fourth best percentage of savings in the playoff history (with a minimum of 15 games started). Surely Rask remembers the last time he was in the Stanley Cup final, suffering a loss to the Blackhawks in 2013. He seems determined to get the club's first Cup since 2011.
Red hot power game
Unlike the 2011 Boston team that had the worst power game for a team that won, with only 11.4 percent of their chances, this year's team could be the best, with a score of 34 percent. The Blues have a great death penalty, but this will be their most formidable task.
The walk is over. The best team wins. Everyone has to deal with a more insufflable championship in Boston. Bruins in six.