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Stanley Cup Finals 2013: Hollywood Couldn't Have Written a Better Script

Posted: 06/23/2013 7:51 pm

Make-up Days

It feels like the Board of Education has been controlling the out come of these Stanley Cup Finals games. Why? Well, during the year when schools have snow days, additional days are added to the end of the school year to make up for missed time. Now all hockey fans located in the Snow Belt know what I'm talking about and everyone else must be just shaking their head in confusion.

After a reduction in regular season games, we've been blessed with 3 out of the first 4 games in the Final going into overtime. I bet there are a lot of frustrated teachers out there that can't wait for the school year to end, as they have to deal with a lot of tired and grumpy little hockey fans coming into school the next day after staying up watching these two great teams compete well into the early morning.

Show the man some Glove

There has been a lot of speculation about whether Chicago would start Ray Emery instead of Corey Crawford in Game 5 back in Chicago. My thoughts about all of this noise? HELL NO!!

I love Emery a.k.a. Razor as a goaltender. He competes everyday and has shown a tremendous amount of character bouncing back from a potentially career ending injury. Not to mention, he never got enough credit for leading Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final. Hey Ottawa, how did those other goalies work out for ya? Most of all, he's a damn good goalie who might be another team's number one next fall.

However, Crawford is the one who has gotten the 'Hawks to where they are so far. Yes, his glove looks water logged (heavy) and pucks are getting past his shoulder faster than NYC cabbies during rush hour, but he is not "losing" games for the 'Hawks and that's all you can ask for. Crawford does not need to be spectacular. He needs to be good and he has been so far, minus the sleepy glove. Someone just needs to remind him he is not Michael Jackson, that glove on his left hand is not just a fashion accessory.

Conn Smythe Watch

What more can I say about Tuukka Rask that hasn't already been said? The young Finnish goalie is the real deal between the pipes. I don't want to take anything away from what he has done so far in this year's playoffs, BUT I think if the Bruins win the Cup Patrice Bergeron will be right in the middle of the Conn Smythe discussion.

Chicago's big guns have had trouble generating any sort of attack because of Bergeron's dominance in the faceoff circle. Going into Game 4, Bergeron was winning 69.7% of his draws. Chicago's puck possession style can't score if they are not starting with the puck, which then leads to the 'Hawks spending more energy chasing the game trying to retrieve it. When Bergeron is not being a beast in the faceoff circle or the defensive end, he is lighting the lamp scoring big goals for the Bruins at various stages in these games. I know I'm being ridiculous now, but if you could award the Conn Smythe to a line, then Boston's line of Kelly/Paille/Seguin gets my vote hands down.

Hockeywood

There's nothing from Hockeywood this week, because Hollywood couldn't have written a better script than what we've witnessed so far during this Final!

I know we're going on two months now but remember, Sleep is for the Offseason!

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  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his game winning goal with center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second overtime period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Michael Frolik (67) leaps as Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26) compete for the puck during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 08: (L-R) Michal Handzus #26, Duncan Keith #2, Marian Hossa #81 and Michal Rozsival #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Keith scored a first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 8, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring a goal in the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Blackhawks defeated the Kings 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates the goal of teammate Patrick Kane #88 in the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • Chicago Blackhawks fans hold signs during thethird period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Blackhawks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a win over the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on February 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck under pressure from Jason Demers #5 of the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on February 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 12: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a goal after a video replay against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on February 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (20) attempts to control an airborne puck as Dallas Stars' Jordie Benn (58) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Dallas Stars' Michael Ryder (73) celebrates with Ray Whitney (13) following his goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Dallas. Blackhawks' Michal Rozsival (32), of the Czech Republic, skates away following the play. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), of Sweden, prepares to pass from behind the net as Dallas Stars' Ray Whitney (13) pressures in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, as center Andy McDonald also defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • St. Louis Blues center Jaden Schwartz (9) is poke checked by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), of Sweden, as goalie Corey Crawford defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane high-fives fans as he walks a red carpet introduction before their home opener NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, George LeClaire)

  • GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Viktor Stalberg #25, Nick Leddy #8, Patrick Kane #88 and Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks skate back to the bench after scoring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 20, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 20: Goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks warms up before the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 20, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 20: Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 20, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 20: Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates out onto the ice for warm ups to the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 20, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

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