Rask and Veteran Success
Every hockey fan knows a hot goaltender can make all the difference during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 32-year-old Finnish national is about as hot as any Boston goaltender since Tim Thomas in 2011, Boston’s last Stanley Cup-winning team. According to Covers.com, Tuukka Rask has a 1.84 GAA and .942 save percentage for Boston.
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This coupled with Boston’s veteran core of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krecji and Zdeno Chara and the talented roster makes them a formidable opponent in the Stanley Cup Final. Rask’s performance in the playoffs makes him one of the top candidates to win the Conn Smyth Trophy.
Lionel Hitchman, Cooney Weiland and Dit Clapper each captained Boston to one title, and the club did not designate a captain for their championships in 1970 and 1972. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/rkNUSOMli9
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Both Cities History
As David Portnoy from Barstool Sports likes to point out Boston has been the last big market team in the playoffs since the second round. The city of St. Louis recently lost a football team and are matched up against a city that has won the last three championships in the four major American sports. Now they have a chance to erase the ghosts of 1970 when they were last this close to the Stanley Cup, those hopes ended by a man named Bobby Orr who jumped in the air afterward.
49 years ago, Bobby Orr’s iconic goal for the Bruins almost killed more than the St. Louis Blues | Frank Fitzpatrick https://t.co/UlGiylFGp1
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Both cities have a history of playing each other in the championship across all professional sports. The last time these cities faced each other in the championship was the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St.Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox won the series 4-2. The city of St. Louis hopes to seek revenge and win their first ever Stanley Cup title.
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