The World Is In Your Way – Game 1 – Bruins vs Hawks Preview, Pregame Thread, Freshman Orientation

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Game Time: 7:00PM Central
TV/Radio: NBC, CBC (Anglo), RDS (Franco), WGN-AM 720
The Impression That I Get: Cup of Chowder, Days of Y’Orr

Now the real fun begins. After an abbreviated 48 game season of intra-conference play and three playoff rounds with their fair share of scares for each team, the Hawks and Bruins will meet in the post season for the sixth time ever, and for the first time ever in the Stanley Cup Final. With the Bruins two years removed from their last title and the Hawks three, it’s a juggernaut matchup that the league has dreamed of, but probably doesn’t deserve after what it’s put everyone through. And though superficial analysis would have one believe that these two teams are diametrically opposed stylistically, they’re actually far more similar than one would expect.

For the Prince of Wales Trophy ignoring Bruins, they enter tonight fresh off of a sweep of the top seeded and Cup favorite Penguins, whom they held to a meager two goals, both at even strength, despite all of their offensive prowess and deadline acquisitions.

This sweep was able to be accomplished for manifold reasons. First the Bruins possess a dominating top line of Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, centered by David Krejci. Krejci and Horton are #1 and #2 in both scoring (21 points and 17 points respectively) and in plus-minus, with Horton an otherworldly +21 in 16 games, and Krejci a +14. Lucic is not that far off the pace with 13 points (3G, 10A) and a +13. The line has accounted for 38% of the Bruins offense thus far, and those plus-minus numbers are a function of the B’s doing nearly all of their damage at even strength. They’ve been able to do so with by having the extremely large Lucic and Horton pummel opposing defensemen while the slick and crafty Krejci is able to find both them and the back of the net with only a minimal amount of space. If there’s one wart of this impressive resume, it’s that Krejci himself is only about 46% at the dot, and is barely above water in Corsi, with only a 3.58 advantage in shots directed at the net per 60 minutes played.

However, that differential is more than made up for on the second line, containing the linchpin of the Bruins entire gameplan, Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron wins 61% of his draws and drives possession for linemates Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand. The unit regularly faces the top competition the other team has to offer, and is able to neutralize them in no small part thanks to having the puck the vast majority of the time starting with the puck drop. Bergeron has also shown and incredible flair for the dramatic with two OT winners, an OT assist, and also the game tying goal in the waning seconds of Game 7 against Toronto. And he also kills penalties with lethal efficiency and runs a point on the first power play unit, so yeah, he’s kind of important.

Since Gregory Campbell’s injury, the B’s bottom six forwards have been kind of a jumble (something Hawks fans are all too familiar with), with Rich Peverley centering Tyler Seguin and Kaspars Daugivins on the third line, and Chris Kelly dropping down to center Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton on the fourth. The fourth line shouldn’t miss a beat as Kelly is actually better at the dot than Campbell was, however the B’s third line is the only one that doesn’t really possess any of the relentless physicality and puck pursuit the others do, and it will be something to monitor.

On their blue line, everything begins and ends with Zdeno Chara, because he is literally that large. For the second time in as many trips to the Final, the Hawks will be staring down a Hall of Fame defenseman of imposing physical stature, and there are none more imposing in the history of the league than the 6’9″ Chara. Chara covers so much ice for so much of each game, it’s always difficult to see any way around or through him, and may the Force be with whomever lays down in front of his Death Star cannon of a shot. He’ll be partnered with Dennis Seidenberg as usual, who is sizeable and mobile himself, but does not possess the anger in his game Chara has. They may be forced to switch sides as Chara normally mans the right side of the pairing, but the Hawks’ depth at right wing (Seidenberg’s side) with Kane and Hossa may necessitate a switch.

The defensive corps is rounded out by the pairings of Boychuck and Ference and then Krug and McQuaid. Both Boychuck and McQuaid are large and angry and have heavy shots of their own, but are only marginally faster than the likes of Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi. Ference and Krug are both diminutive but their games could not be more different. Ference plays with an edge that belies his size, and Krug is a shotgunning rookie who has made a name for himself on the power play this post season. Krug is tougher to shelter away from home for Claude Julien, so look for this to be a matchup Quenneville will seek.

In net for the B’s is Tuukka Rask, who has finally turned his glittering regular season numbers into post-season success. Rask has had trouble closing out series, and only has done so on the first try once, just this past series against the Pens. He’s slightly built but plays a strong game down low and can move post to post quickly, but his glove hand is not near the speed of what the Hawks have seen the past two rounds against Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick. Rask comes into tonight with a 12-4 record, a 1.75 GAA, and a .943 save percentage while facing just short of 33 shots per game. While having a near impeccable stat line, that last number is one the Bruins would certainly like to see lowered.

As for our Men of Four Feathers, the big news has been the jumbling of lines in practice the last two days, with Viktor Stalberg once again fated to wear a suit in favor of purported physical presence but verified turd Brandon Bollig. While the decision to import Bollig leaves many a Hawks observer apoplectic, the decision to sit Stalberg with the new construction of the lines actually makes a little bit of sense and isn’t just a case of Quenneville outsmarting himself after two successful games with the most recent changes prior.

At least to start tonight, the Hawks’ top line will consist of Toews centering Sharp and Hossa, followed by Handzus between Bickell and Kane, Bolland flanked by Saad and Shaw, and lastly Kruger surrounded by Frolik and Bollig.

The key to all of this is the reconstruction of what appears to be an actual dedicated checking line once again featuring Dave Bolland. It stands to reason that Q will toss Bolland out against the Krejci line with the singular task of nullifying their attack, scoring yourself be damned. This is only possible because as was pointed out earlier, Krejci hasn’t been great at the dot, though those numbers are sure to improve if he’s facing off against Bolland regularly. With Toews and Bergeron’s lines staring each other down, this could potentially free up Kane and Bickell to see time against the likes of Kelly, and especially Peverley, Seguin, and Daugavins, the only line with out anyone truly in the two-way category.

For the Hawk defensemen, look for Keith and Seabrook to primarily get looks at the Krejci line as well, as they’re the only two Hawk blueliners with a solid history of being able to withstand the onslaught Lucic and Horton are sure to bring. Because the Bergeron line only possesses one real puck pursuer in the form of weeping herpes sore Brad Marchand, giving Hammer and Oduya that matchup seems to be a little more ideal considering some of the trouble each have had with forecheckers bearing down on them. The thought of Daniel Paille or Tyler Seguin closing in on Michal Rozsival further down each lineup is not an appetizing one, so Nick Leddy’s wheels will need to be put to use, as well as to get him available for quick, short outlet and reversal passes.

In net will of course be Corey Crawford, who will need to take what was for the most part exemplary rebound control up even a notch further against the phalanx of Bruins forwards that will be joining him in his crease after every shot. Crawford has bounced back nicely from the occasional boners he’s allowed, and has the league leading 1.74 GAA to prove it, but there will be no room for such error against the Bruins in this series.

Where Game 1 in 2010 was a wide-open acid-reflux inducing feeling out process of a game between two teams with goalies not on top of their games, expect at least the first 10 minutes to be a bit of a grind before the game settles in, even if the crowd is absolutely frothing. Though both power play units have been fucking clown shoes for either team, giving the Bruins any kind of early or regular looks on the power play is just asking for trouble, and asking to have forwards injured and unavailable by having to step in front of Chara’s shot. Conversely, making the Bruins pay for any penalized physical tactics will go a long way in opening up space as the series progresses.

This is what the delayed and compressed season been building up toward, and what will validate every minor accolade the Hawks have earned to this point. The competition will be like none the Hawks have faced in their renaissance, but the opportunity is there and cannot be missed. Let’s go Hawks.

Not able to get down to the UC tonight? Buy tonight’s Indian here.

  • laaarmer

    I am overcome with anger and extremely indignant regarding Brandon Bollig

    • Accipiter

      You are forgetting that your acumen is fatuous.

      • laaarmer

        It is, but I am now apoplectic regarding my fatuous acumen

        • Accipiter

          Cliff will be by shortly.

          • cliffkoroll

            merely nonplussed about the Bollig thing over here.

          • Skags

            /googles nonplus

            Hey! Me too.

  • Mike

    Let’s get the cup!

  • steeg of their own

    LET’S GO BLACKHAWKS!

    Four more for the giant silver shiny thing, boys. Four’s not a big number. We can do this.

  • Shooter

    I’m ready for this game! As for the bollig stuff…I understant Q’s logic, but when they only play 4 minutes a game, as with carcillo’s presence, I have to imagine someone else could’ve dressed and took more minutes

    • Accipiter

      What did you do to prepare for the game ?

      • Shooter

        Bought single barrel, I use no. 7 for the playoffs…and the high end for the cup…definitely the right occasion IMHO.

  • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Otter Bobby Otter

    My prediction? Hawks in six. I don’t fully understand the Bruins love by nearly everyone (outside of Chicago). Not that the Bruins aren’t very good, they are… but it’s just sort of amazing that the Hawks seem like the underdog because… well I guess because Boston plays in the East and they beat the Pens in four thus they MUST be good. That’s a lot of flawed logic (bias and selection bias!).

    I could easily see the Bruins winning the series, but I also half figure the Hawks to just blow Boston’s wheels off tonight as their speed completely overwhelms them (the Bruins haven’t seen anything like the Hawks speed in the playoffs). That means adjustments in Games 2 through whenever. The one thing about the Hawks this year is that they force nearly everyone to change their game. No one can skate with them at the end of the day, and whenever we see teams try and do that, they get rocked (see Game One of the Wings or Kings series).

    Lots of people are in love with the Bruins blue line, and yeah, Chara’s great, but so is Keith and the Hawks are deeper. The only true advantage the Bruins have is in goal. Granted, that’s probably the best place to have an advantage in a single series.

    I am worried that Boston goes all Wings on the Hawks, gums it up and says, ‘okay, we’re willing to sacrifice our top two lines to shut down your top lines… go ahead 3rd and 4th lines, beat the Hawks’ as Boston’s 3rd and 4th lines are much better than the Wings. If that’s the game plan, then all they need is Rask to be almost as good as he was against the Pens. It’s possible and scares the crap out of me. Still… Hawks in Six. LET’S DO THIS.

    • laaarmer

      Why is Rask so much better than Crawford?
      I call it a draw.

      • Accipiter

        Same here. Rask is beatable if you rask me.

        • puppetmasterp

          /groan

          • cliffkoroll

            oh…hullo puppet.

            /icy stare

          • laaarmer

            parley

          • cliffkoroll

            I wasn’t talking to you!

            /laaarmer’d

          • laaarmer

            I beg your forgiveness.
            Edit: asshole

          • Z-man19

            Where the fuck has this been all season? We need our entertainment

          • puppetmasterp

            oh…hello cliff
            /familiar glare

        • guest

          I didn’t think this was very funny, but then I Tuukka nother look..

          • Accipiter

            Tired of the same old shit ?

            Eat some corn.

      • cliffkoroll

        It’s based on Rask being better than Crawford historically.

        But maybe that was luck. And face-offs. And Keenan.

        • laaarmer

          Well, if we’re going to throw Keenan in then of course, Rask is better.

    • detroit must die

      I have had some similar thoughts as well. I have to think the feeling out process in the early going favors the Hawks. Not to say that the Bruins lack offensive ingenuity, but the Hawks have more. Defenses rely on game plans that are developed through scouting, familiarity, and experience. Creative offensive players just need time and space. I think the time and space is going to be there until both of these defenses really start to lock into the groove of the series.

      • Accipiter

        Both teams are going to have to ‘feel’ each other out for at least a game maybe 2. My hope is that the Hawks take advantage of that process.

        • laaarmer

          that is a ton of foreplay.

          • Accipiter

            If that’s what it takes.

        • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Otter Bobby Otter

          Isn’t the ‘feel each other out’ argument then a really good argument for Stalberg to play seeing as he’s the guy who is most likely to just blow by someone randomly during this foreplay?

          A 4th line of Kruger-Fro-Stalberg is interesting imo.

          • Accipiter

            I don’t know.
            Just watch the game.

          • birdhead

            There has got to be a good Swedish check/Czech pun about the fact that none of those guys can finish but I have no idea what it is.

    • cliffkoroll

      ditto for cliffkoroll

      • laaarmer

        ditto for laaarmer
        /bdano’d

  • detroit must die

    I’m less than thrilled with Bollig in the lineup, but not entirely chagrined by the change on two grounds.

    1)If Bollig is in there to throw his weight around to the best of his ability (which isn’t that much) and clear some sort of time and space for Freddy and Fro-Fro, as was the case later in the regular season, then I’m sorta ok with this. Though the inevitability of stupid tough-guy antics and the fact that Bollig will undoubtedly be riding the pine (and thus driving someone else’s TOI up) as the game wears on is irritating.

    2) This time Stalberg hasn’t exactly made his way arbitrarily to the coaches dog house. He was somewhere on the spectrum trending between completely ineffectual and entirely unnoticeable for the WCF, though whether that was a function of poor play, less TOI, or a demotion to the 4th line is sort of up in the air. Still, maybe a game from the press box sends a good message (though it probably does not).

    • LAHawksFan

      Unfortunately I don’t think that the message will be received by Stals…listening to some of his quotes makes it seem like he has already kind of checked out and is blaming his lack of production on his diminished ice time. I would like to see him figure things out and regain some of his regular season form because that speed isn’t as scary without the finish…and I’d love to have the 2nd and 3rd D pairs fearing his wheels again.

  • DLC

    Stalberg was incredibly noticeable in the WCF, in that he was soft on the puck and a turnover machine.

    • Accipiter

      He did set up Shaw, once.

      • DLC

        True. And it was a nice pass. But being soft on the puck won’t fly against the Bruins. I suspect will see Stalberg in this series, but the Bolland/Shaw line looks nice.

        • Shooter

          I agree…I have hopes for the bolland shaw line..if bickell wasn’t tearing it up on the top lines, having a checking line of bolland, shaw, bickell would be a thing of beauty…but I’ll take saad just as well.

          • DLC

            Saad’s taken this role incredibly incredibly well. Been really pleased with his performance and smarts.

          • Shooter

            Definitely…he’s really strong on the puck, and can harass with the best of them…not to mention he has a great scoring touch(playoff slump not withstanding)

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Otter Bobby Otter

      I wonder how much of the ‘Stalberg isn’t noticeable!’ is just flat out luck:
      -Stalberg regular PDO: 1053 (13th in the NHL)

      -Stalberg playoff PDO: 0955 (11th worst in the NHL, min 10 games)

      • DLC

        but I said he was noticeable.

  • laaarmer

    There’s a Derecho comin’. When with the izquierda come?

    • Accipiter

      There is a shit storm comin’ ?

      • laaarmer

        It will arrive from the right and exit on the left

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    • Accipiter

      Bob, what news from the mark ?

    • laaarmer

      What are your thoughts on the derecho?

  • DunkDropsa2

    I swear my pulse is at least 140 just reading this pre-game stuff. I think my brains will literally be dripping out of my ear by the time the puck drops.

    • Accipiter

      Wrath of Khan style ?

      • laaarmer

        Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

      • Hags

        No, it’s Wrath of Keenan

  • cliffkoroll

    Hey Mac,

    I got a different take on Bolland. Shaw is not a checking line player. This doesn’t look like a checking line- more like bumslayers.

    Then again, Bollig on a checking line? Well..isn’t that adorable? I say put Dave back with Fro and Kruger. Send them out with Marlboro for shut down duty.

    Regardless, the time will come when this team needs Dave Fucking Bolland, and at that time, he will appear.

    • amontesawesome

      I agree. I can’t see a line of Bolland-Shaw-Saad being used as a checking line considering how protected Shaw and Saad were throughout the season.

      • putmeinthemadhouse

        saad wasnt overly protected if i recall correctly.

        • laaarmer

          LC

          • putmeinthemadhouse

            whats that mean?

          • Accipiter

            Lost Cause.

        • amontesawesome

          Not in terms of QoC but zone starts. And I’d argue his linemates were a form of protection as well.

    • DLC

      You make a good point, sir.

  • Hags

    Derecho- A rare, destructive force of nature that tends to show up in June.
    Dave Fucking Bolland- A rare, destructive force of nature that tends to show up in June.

    There’s not going to be a derecho, there’s gonna be a Dave Fucking Bolland!

    • laaarmer

      hey! see below.

    • BigCSouthside

      Derecho Fucking Bolland

  • HawkIPA

    While I expect this to be a hard fought, long series, I think the Hawks are going to come out blasting tonight with a big win. They’ve started series very well, and I don’t think the Bruins are ready for the Hawks’ speed yet. I’m thinking 3-1, Hossa with the game winner.

  • HawkIPA

    Also, one thing no one nationally has picked up on, Dave Bolland (not Andrew Shaw) looks energized, and will be the prime antagonist of the Bruins. He looked like the Rat of old in Game 5 and could be a real difference maker.

    • puppetmasterp

      He looked better, though I wouldn’t call him the Rat of old. But I suer hope that’s who shows up!

  • Oregon_hawk

    LET’S GO HAWKS!

    LET’S GO HAWKS!

    LET’S GO HAWKS!

    Nervous. Excited. Even though this isn’t my first time.

  • puppetmasterp

    League doesn’t deserve this matchup — I totally agree. This was about a good of a season end as they could have hoped for coming out of ANY year, much less a lockout year. Oh well.
    And well done for being the first to make the Chara-Pronger comparison….I was thinking the same. I remember being really scared of Pronger going in to Game 1 of 2010. But our boys rose to the challenge, so there’s some precedent there.

    • laaarmer

      First to mention it? I think not.

    • Accipiter

      The 1st to mention the Chara/Pronger comparison ?

      /groan

    • puppetmasterp

      I mean of people I care to talk to. You’re right, there’s been a lot…but I’ve been totally overloaded with media the last 2 days and at some point, my brain died

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Otter Bobby Otter

      I was thinking in the shower this morning that this is the second best matchup NBC/NHL could ask for as Hawks/Rangers would be their dream of dreams. Also the move of the Wings to the east takes away the possibility of Rangers/Wings SCFs which would also be a ratings bonanza. You have to figure that we could see the most watched NHL game in US history at some point in this series (Hawks! Habs! 1971! is #1 from what I can tell).

      Best CBC match up would have to be Canucks/Leafs… though you could talk me into Canucks/Habs as there more of a chance that Quebec doesn’t bother to watch a Leafs series. This post is stupid, I’m bailing but still hitting post… ha.

      • krome

        Why can;t you people just think about Jessica Alba in the shower, like everyone else does?

        • Accipiter

          What do you mean by ‘you people’ ?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            As in you people walk like this: duh du duuuuh dooo

            while we walk like this: duh du duuuuh daaa

            (it’s so funny cuz its true)

        • 2883

          you people? Also, I think of Jen Lada and Susannah Collins in the shower. Since well, it’s hockey season.

  • Ingmar Bergman

    Hawks fans be aware of Boston Strong.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/06/11/bruins-championship-would-welcome-after-marathon-horror/xCvOT9XbtDBt05ElZuZyGI/story.html

    Boston columnist Dan Shaughnessy has a great point. Boston will be super motivated because of the tragedy and will win the series in light of trying to do it for all of Boston.

    • laaarmer

      NOW, it’s a party

      • Accipiter

        Is Keenan gonna be there ?

        • laaarmer

          supposed to be

          • Accipiter

            OMG OMG !!!!!

          • laaarmer

            don’t forget to ask him which goalie he would play.

          • Accipiter

            If I don’t die, I will for sure.

          • Z-man19

            Ask him if he ever thinks of laaarmer in the shower

          • krome

            Both, of course. With a revolving door at thebench

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Keenan ties the goalies together, back-to-back, push-me-pull-you-style.

    • DJ

      The only good point Shaughnessy has, Troll, is the one on top of his head.

      • Ingmar Bergman

        I called Dan today to see what he thinks about the series. I’ll talk to him later on today or tomorrow. He will be at the UC tonight.

    • Jim A

      Seriously? C’mon guys, win one for Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

    • Fred

      The Yankees were really motivated after 9-11 and got to the world series.

      And lost.

      Boston will play their best regardless of the tragedy. I don’t believe in that kind of extra motivation.

  • laaarmer

    So, I was thinking about Mike Keenan in the shower. Seriously, what the fuck?

    Anyway, what is the way to beat the Bruins? There are a few ways to beat them, but the only way to win is if Kane is not sleeping through the game, Toews scores goals, and Crawford doesn’t allow more golas in then Rask. Jeremy Roenick and Adam Burish would help, too.

    • Accipiter

      Who doesn’t think of Iron Mike Keenan in the shower ?

      • Shooter

        well not me anymore..thanks for the mental image gentlemen.

      • 2883

        I never have…

        • Accipiter

          Not with that attitude.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          “never” never did

      • krome

        Even Mike Keenan doesn’t think about Mike Keenan in the shower. Although Pierre McGuire might (together with Sidney Crosby).

    • krome

      I’m suggesting psycho-therapy. Lot’s of it.
      I really can’t get a handle on this series. I could see it going anywhere from 5 to 7 games – either team winning – depending on who starts out with their act together (and keeps it together) and how the breaks go.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    I just saw this on another message board and had to post it here>

    http://www.puckprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1544

    Good article without emotion lumped on top.

    • Accipiter

      I was looking for this earlier and couldn’t find it.
      Good stuff, thanks.

      • Paul the Fossil

        Check out the links at the bottom: not only did he predict the correct winner for each of the last four Finals but for 3 of the 4 he also got the right number of games.

        • High and Wide

          Uh, which year did he get wrong? / how bad am I at reading? (could go either way really)

    • High and Wide

      Worth noting that this guy has picked the Cup winner correctly every year from 2009 on, right down to number of games. (Has Chicago in 6.)

    • SAMCRO Outlaw

      Great stuff

    • Preacher

      LOVE this analysis. And the prediction.
      The guy’s record is freaky!

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      This just made me take one less trip to the bathroom to retch. Many thanks.

  • Crash

    Let’s fucking do this.

  • 2883

    T minus 3 hours and 35 minutes to game time: heart rate = 85 Blood pressure is 135/75

    • High and Wide

      I’m just picturing you camped out In one of those blood pressure sleeve chairs at a drugstore, furiously refreshing content on your phone with the other hand.

      • 2883

        Walgreens has everything one would need. A TV, a blood pressure machine and booze

        • Accipiter

          Available in any town, USA.

  • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Otter Bobby Otter

    Boston is only 1-1 when playing outside the Eastern Time Zone this year. ADVANTAGE: BLACKHAWKS

    • laaarmer

      302 lbs

      • M7

        Are you saying that Byfuglien was the reason for that 1-1 record?

    • Preacher

      They only played outside their time zone twice? No wonder the West has the “tougher” conference. Our guys have to travel on those nice charter planes and stay in ritzy hotels over DIFFERENT TIME ZONES!

  • Preacher

    Bolland, Saad, Shaw—I’m calling it right now for this line to contribute some surprise offensive prowess. Given Saad’s ability to remove the puck from people, Shaw’s rugged pursuit of the puck, and Bolland showing occasional bursts of “Ratness” in the last 2 rounds, I think they’ll end up with some very good scoring chances. GO HAWKS!!!

    • Hags

      Preach it! I have that same feeling that Brandon Saad is absolutely going to break through in the goals department in this series. He has found his “playoff” gear, it’s a matter of putting pucks in the net.

  • CommonSense1957

    I’m calling a serious reversion to the mean for Rask — Hawks will light him up for at least 5 in either game 1 or 2.

    • roadhog

      Cough . . . QUICKKKKK . . . Cough . . .

  • 2883

    Watching ESPN for hockey is painful, Woody Paige just called Bickell.
    Bic Kel (like in Kelly).

    • BigCSouthside

      Watching Woody Paige talk about anything is painful

  • 2883

    And Boston columnist, Bob Ryan, took the Hawks to win the series, “The Hawks best hockey is still in front of them.”

  • Z-man19

    Somebody save me a seat, I’m gonna be late to this one. Gimme that anthem JC and GO HAWKS

    • roadhog

      You will be mist.

      • Accipiter

        Red mist ?

        • Z-man19

          What the fuck are you talking about Walter?

          • roadhog

            A world of pain.

          • Accipiter

            Life does not stop and start at your convenience, you miserable piece of shit.

          • Z-man19

            Vagina, does that word make you uncomfortable?

          • QCBlackhawk

            You mean… coitus?

          • Accipiter

            Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you.

  • krome

    Go Chicago Blakhawks!

  • BigCSouthside

    So my guide on the cable box says fuckin Law and order or some shit is on at 8. This is a fucking mistake, right?

    • Accipiter

      Probably. The cable box guide is wrong a lot.

      • BigCSouthside

        Better be

    • 2883

      You must be drunk already… cause mine says Stanley Cup Finals.

      • BigCSouthside

        Stone sober. Im in ohio. They are broadcasting this nationwide right? Because no one cares about the 8 millionth sex related murder that fuckin Stabler and Benson solve.

        • 2883

          Yes. Nationwide on NBC.

          Game 1 on NBC, Games 2 + 3 on NBCSN and Game 4-7 on NBC.

          NBCSN just has the games that the series can’t end

    • roadhog

      I’m recording 4 hours of “To Be Announced” tonight . . .

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Stanley Cup Final Game Day Thread!

    • Accipiter

      Word.

    • roadhog

      And herein, the fun begins.

  • ahnfire

    ok, for all the shit given to Kane & Shaw on their (terrible) playoff beards, Brookbank needs to be added into that conversation.

  • Skags

    So all 7 Puck Daddy staff members picked the Bruins and most of them had the Con going to Rask. Some on 7, most in 6.

  • QCBlackhawk

    I must be losing my mind. Not sure Boston keeps playing at the level they did before, and even if they do, are we suddenly not the God-Damn Chicago Blackhawks!? Am I a crazy person or is this some east coast bias in action?

  • 2883

    BP Courtesy of Walgreens: Pulse: 90 BP: 140/80.

  • pompoon

    Jesus, Brent Sopel has weird hair…he looks like he should be wearing a cowrie-shell necklace.

  • CommonSense1957

    I’m sure the Bruins are quaking in their skates at the sight of Brandon Bollig. What is Q thinking?

  • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

    How many people–be honest–have pissed their pants and simply remained sitting here? I don’t recall being this nervous for a game, not even in 2010. Also, I’m a liar. I do remember. But somehow it feels like I don’t.

    • QCBlackhawk

      I don’t remember being this nervous in 2010 except in game 6 OT.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        Yes, this is yup, yes.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      No stress here.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        Yup. This is yes.

  • amontesawesome

    I’m calling it: Bollig scores a goal tonight.

    • Accipiter

      BigC beat you to it.

      • amontesawesome

        Shit.

  • steeg of their own

    Time today moved in slow-motion, I was so anxious to get to this game.

    LET’S GO BLACKHAWKS!

  • mightymikeD

    Good luck, kids

  • 2883

    Game time folks, Let’s get it. Time for Jim Cornelison to get the motors revved up

  • ahnfire

    FIRST PERIOD THREAD OF THE 2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL

    http://thecommittedindian.com/first-period-thread-game-1-bruins-vs-hawks/