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Former Cougar Seeking Second Stanley Cup

Former Cougars defenceman Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins open the 2019 Stanley Cup Final tonight at home against the St. Louis Blues. Chara and the Bruins are making their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in the last nine years, winning in 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks. The St. Louis Blues are making just their second ever Stanley Cup Final appearance and first in 49 years. The Blues ironically played the Bruins in their only other Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1970. The Bruins won in four-straight. That series is best known for Bobby Orr’s iconic overtime winning-goal in Game Four.

Chara and the Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs in the previous two rounds. The Blues path to the Final went through Winnipeg (six games), Dallas (seven games) and San Jose (six games). The Final starts in Boston with Game One tonight and Game Two  Wednesday. The series shifts to St. Louis for Game Three and Four on Saturday 1st and next Monday.

Chara did not play in the Bruins series-clinching win against Carolina in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final but Bruins’ Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said the B’s Captain is cleared to play Game One tonight. Chara has played in 16 of the Bruins’ 17 playoff games and despite being 42 years-old is logging significant minutes on the blue-line. In those 16 games he has a goal and three points and is a plus 11.

2019 Stanley Cup Final Schedule

GM 1 27-May STL @ BOS 5 pm PT
GM 2 29-May STL @ BOS 5 pm PT
GM 3 1-June BOS @ STL 5 pm PT
GM 4 3-June BOS @ STL 5 pm PT
GM 5 6-June STL @ BOS* 5 pm PT
GM 6 9-June BOS @ STL* 5 pm PT
GM 7 12-June STL @ BOS* 5 pm PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* All games televised on Sportsnet / CBC

Chara and the Bruins last played in the Stanley Cup in 2013, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Former Cougars that have won the Stanley Cup are Chara, Dustin Byfuglien and most recently Brett Connolly.

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