NHL Playoffs: Stanley Cup Final schedule released, will get underway May 27

Tanya Simon
May 20, 2019

The Boston Bruins expect captain Zdeno Chara to be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final after he missed the deciding Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday with an undisclosed injury. While some will extoll the virtues rest and recovery time, historically speaking, teams that swept the series prior to the final haven't typically had a leg up. It finally worked out for them with this gorgeous second-period goal.

The Hurricanes made it to the third round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs after beating first the Washington Capitals then the New York Islanders. They got the short playoff series they desperately needed with the four-game sweep of the Canes.

On its longest postseason win streak since reeling off nine straight in 1972, Boston earned a break before taking on the West victor.

Handshakes following a playoff series is one of the NHL's finest traditions. The Hurricanes managed to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup Champions in seven games in the first round.

Each member of the Bruins core will get the chance to stamp the Bruins as one of the best, most dynastic teams of the past decade in the NHL, That's really all any hockey player can ask for. Boston leads the playoffs with 17 power-play goals. Pastrnak added a goal and two assists. Pederson is next at 141. Their chance to lift another banner into the TD Garden will come soon enough as Boston now awaits the victor of the series between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks.

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San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 2-1 after a 5-4 overtime win in Game 3 on Wednesday.

Through 17 games played in the playoffs; the Bruins have given up 33 goals. They didn't have enough time to fix it for Game 4. With fourth-line forward Chris Wagner back in Boston having his injured right arm examined, C Noel Acciari slid into the lineup for the Bruins for the first time in the series. A positive for San Jose? Boston had at least one power-play goal in every game while Carolina failed to score on its last 13 chances with the man advantage.

When the Sharks landed Erik Karlsson in that trade, the tantalizing thought was that, as two right-handed defensemen, Peter DeBoer could have one of Burns or Karlsson on the ice during nearly every shift of a game.

The Chicago Blackhawks are the standard-bearer with three Stanley Cup titles, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who also hoisted the Cup three times the past decade with their core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, surrounded by a couple of vastly different-looking supporting casts.

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