If TSN analyst Craig Button is correct, the Stanley Cup will again be a Boston Bruins Stanley Cup parade. We hope your livers are recovered from the Super Bowl and ready for a summer party, too. Speaking on a panel with former NHL’er Dave Poulin, Button laid out his case to the Bruins. In a year in which most analysts did not have a good prediction record, Button is on top with an 8-6 record.
Perhaps he knows what he’s talking about.
“Its the forward group and that number three–the group of forwards that really can keep a team at bay,” Button said. “They can keep (St. Louis) from getting into the offensive zone and establishing their presence.”
The Bruins have not played in 11 days because they easily dispatched Carolina in the Eastern Conference Final. Carolina was able to skate past Cup favorite Washington in Round One and handled the rigid structure and tenacity of the New York Islanders in Round Two, but the Bruins squashed Carolina. Goalie Tuukka Rask stole a game or two, as well.
“They did a phenomenal job against the Carolina Hurricanes. I think they’ll do exactly the same against the St. Louis Blues.”
The Bruins have allowed just nine goals over seven games in May. It is tough to lose if the other team can’t score. Perhaps Boston sports fans have not only grown accustomed to the hate from the rest of the U.S. but relish it, too. Super Bowls. World Series. NBA Championship. And the greatest ballpark in the country. And now the potential–for the first time since 2011, the Stanley Cup will make it duck boat season again.
“There will be another parade in Boston which will not make sports fans around the world very happy,” Button concluded.
A Boston Bruins Stanley Cup parade…Boston Hockey Now will cover that, too.
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