May 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) looks for the puck in front of Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference for Stanley Cup
The likelihood of playing the Red Wings during the playoffs has decreased with them shifting to the Atlantic Division but that does not mean they will never face them. Chicago and Boston squared off for an original six finals matchup not long ago in 2013 so it definitely could happen. The road to the Stanley Cup ends in a series between the Eastern Conference champion and the Western Conference Champion, so in the event that both teams advance into the finals the rivalry will not be long forgotten. I guarantee the defeat is stored in the Detroit player’s memory after the battle back and forth, up 3-1 in the series they eventually blew the series 4-3 during OT of Game 7.
I hope that everyone takes a minute to appreciate a good rivalry on the ice when there is one and respect the special history of two original six rivals. It’s good for the fans, the players, and the sport. The hate will continue between the fans and we can only wait and see what unfolds out there on the ice. Probably a good thing Car bomb won’t be back from injury in time for this one, he can’t afford another suspension.
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