This may have been the greatest playoff series ever that didn't go 7 games. Evenly matched teams, some OT thrillers, and a wild final 1:16. Both teams had great defenses, but Boston's was too slow to keep up with Chicago's offense. I honestly thought that when the Bruins started getting contributions from their bottom 6 (mostly 3rd line) that this would make it tougher for the Hawks. And one more thing. He hasn't been mentioned too much but I thought that Hjalmarsson was Chicago's best d-man all series. Keith was good too, but Hjalmarsson was more consistent.
As far as the series itself went, which was a great series, the Blackhawks beat the Bruins the same way the Leafs were about to - skating and speed and not try to engage them in proving how tough they were. But Kevin Allen said that if the two teams played 100 games, they'd probably both win 50, probably would have actually happened.
But Kevin Allen said that if the two teams played 100 games, they'd probably both win 50, probably would have actually happened.
In the beginning of the series, I agreed with the above. Once the Hawks found their game I think showed they were a just little bit better. In 100 games, I say Hawks win 55 so they're still pretty darn evenly matched teams.