The Chicago Blackhawks have had an incredible Stanley Cup series with the Boston Bruins.
Of the four Stanley Cup final games that have been played, three of the games have ended in overtime.
The stage is now set for tonight’s game where both the Bruins and Blackhawks look to take a 3-2 series lead with a victory in game 5.
There is no question that the finals between the Blackhawks and Bruins has been one of the most memorable ones to date. The question now is does that distinction alleviate the feeling for the Blackhawks of Cup or Bust?
The Blackhawks have often been compared to the Miami Heat of the NBA.
The Heat won their second consecutive NBA title on Thursday. The Heat’s series with the San Antonio Spurs was not nearly as dramatic as the Stanley Cup finals with the exceptions being game 6 and game 7. The sense is that if the Heat would have lost to the Spurs on Thursday, the team would have been scrutinized for the foreseeable future and everything they did in the regular season would be irrelevant.
Is that the case for the Blackhawks?
Regardless of the outcome of the Stanley Cup finals, the Blackhawks are a team that will undergo significant changes in the off-season. Given their financial situation, there likely will be a handful of current Blackhawk players that will not be returning to the team next season.
But will the Blackhawks be scrutinized for coming up short in the Stanley Cup finals?
The answer to that question should be no. In most of the games that the Blackhawks have played this season, there was no question that they were the superior team on the ice. That clarity is not certain when the team is on the ice with the Bruins.
The Bruins are not the Minnesota Wild; the Bruins are not the Detroit Red Wings; the Bruins are not the Los Angeles Kings; the Bruins are the NHL Eastern Conference Champions.
Meaning there should be no disappointment if the Blackhawks fall to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. In fact, no matter what team is holding up the cup at the conclusion of the playoffs, this series will only add to what was a memorable season for the Blackhawks.