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Stanley Cup: Blackhawks-Bruins

The Blackhawks are one win away from a Stanley Cup championship thanks to two goals from Patrick Kane in Game 5. However, injury concerns to a star player on each side -- Patrice Bergeron for Boston and Jonathan Toews for Chicago -- create an interesting sub-story to Game 6. What impact will the injuries have on the series? Will Chicago wrap it up in Game 6 or will the Bruins bounce back and treat sports fans to another Game 7?

If both Bergeron and Toews play, which team wins Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals?

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  • If neither Bergeron nor Toews play, which team wins Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals?

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  • Who would their respective teams miss more if neither was able to play in Game 6?

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  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup finals? (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

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  • Who are you rooting for in the Stanley Cup finals?

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Stanley Cup: Blackhawks-Bruins

The Blackhawks are one win away from a Stanley Cup championship thanks to two goals from Patrick Kane in Game 5. However, injury concerns to a star player on each side -- Patrice Bergeron for Boston and Jonathan Toews for Chicago -- create an interesting sub-story to Game 6. What impact will the injuries have on the series? Will Chicago wrap it up in Game 6 or will the Bruins bounce back and treat sports fans to another Game 7?

If both Bergeron and Toews play, which team wins Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals?

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    65%
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    35%

Discuss (Total votes: 2,243)

  • If neither Bergeron nor Toews play, which team wins Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals?

    •  
      62%
    •  
      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,893)

  • Who would their respective teams miss more if neither was able to play in Game 6?

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      51%
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      49%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,794)

  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup finals? (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

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      38%
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      32%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 168,817)

  • Who are you rooting for in the Stanley Cup finals?

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      61%
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      39%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,234)

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Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford have been nearly flawless in goal. Nobody has stopped Marian Hossa or David Krejci from scoring at will or at least assisting their respective teams in the scoring column. The physical force which is Bryan Bickell netted two game winners and is proving to be the unsung hero of this year's playoffs. Which players are the best of the best in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals matchup between the Blackhawks and Bruins? Click on the player images below to set your rankings!

2013 Stanley Cup finals players

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Bruins C

Bryan Bickell

Bryan Bickell

Blackhawks LW

Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Bruins D

Corey Crawford

Corey Crawford

Blackhawks G

Nathan Horton

Nathan Horton

Bruins RW

Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa

Blackhawks RW

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane

Blackhawks RW

Duncan Keith

Duncan Keith

Blackhawks D

David Krejci

David Krejci

Bruins C

Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic

Bruins LW

Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Bruins LW

Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask

Bruins G

Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp

Blackhawks C

Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews

Blackhawks C

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It seems that we can't go one game without a scary, controversial hit in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Marian Hossa was the recipient of one such hit from Marian Hossa on Tuesday night -- a hit so painful that it sent him to the hospital, although he was released Wednesday. Hitting has been a part of hockey for ages, but with the recent spate of crushing hits in high-profile games, might there be a change in the sport's future?


Dirty or clean?

Raffi Torres expressed sympathy for Marian Hossa after hitting him but maintained the hit was clean.

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What do you make of Raffi Torres' hit on Marian Hossa in Tuesday night's game?

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A fan of hitting?

This year's Stanley Cup playoffs have been full of crushing hits and brutal fights.

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What do you make of the level of hitting in the NHL playoffs this year?

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Sufficient approach?

The NHL has made player safety a priority in recent years. Is the league doing enough, or are its new rules stifling the game?

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What's your take on the NHL's approach to player safety?

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Ricky Rubio is just one of many. No, not potential point guards for the Timberwolves, although that's also true, come to think of it. Rubio, whenever he gets to the United States on a full-time basis, will be just one of many European athletes starring in North American professional sports leagues.

Everywhere you look, there's a guy with good taste in food, a certain worldly "je ne sais quoi" and jeans that are just a little too tight. Heck, Kobe Bryant makes more sense in Italian these days than Delonte West does in English most of the time.

Where once there was the occasional Swede on skates, there are now Europeans everywhere you look (not applicable to residents of Arkansas). Well, almost everywhere. Scotland's Lawrence Tynes isn't exactly leading an EU assault on the NFL.

torrerox

This was such an incredibly stupid draft pick by Minnesota, just horrific. Did they not do their homework at all? This kid is locked into Europe for two more years, because of that buyout. Moreover, the adjustment period of going from Spanish ball to the NBA will probably take another three years. So this horrible team that cannot sell tickets, drafts a guy that will not really pay off at all (if he even does) for five years. Stupid organization!

-- TorreroX
karltkoch

Rubio should take a lesson from American athletes. He should go play for Joventut, complain about a nagging injury, put out an embarrassing Youtube video, become a locker-room cancer, and generally become a pain in the ####. Next thing you know they be paying him to leave!

-- karltkoch

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