The appearance of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals surprises absolutely no one; they opened the season with 24 straight games recoding a point, obliterating the previous record of 17. Since 24 games represented a full one half of the entire lockout shortened season, they had essentially won their division before the first month was even over. By the time they lost their first game on March 8th they had a stranglehold on the entire Western Conference.
Boston, on the other hand, has flown under the radar all year. They faced questions about their defensive core midseason and a minor goalie controversy. At the deadline, they got left at the altar by Jarome Iginla and were minutes away from elimination against the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. It isn’t unfair or inappropriate to state that Boston’s appearance in the Finals is surprising.
Even more shocking is how they did it. Continue reading →