Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lord Stanley Smiling Down on These Finals

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lord Stanley Smiling Down on These Finals

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The NBA got its dramatic Game 7 in its Finals on Thursday night after a classic Game 6 two nights earlier. The first five games of the series didn't have a lot of late drama, but the last two will be what most remember.

Because of its owners' lockout, the NHL is in the strange position of having its Finals end after the NBA's this year. What will we remember about the series the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have given us after the Stanley Cup is handed out either Monday or Wednesday night?

You couldn't ask for more than they've provided through the first four games -- Game 5 is tonight at United Center. Three games have gone to overtime with Game 1 needing three extra sessions for Chicago to emerge as a 4-3 winner.

Game 3, which Boston won 2-0, was the only contest to lack nail- biting intensity to the final shot. That was followed Wednesday night by a back-and-forth Game 4 in which the teams combined to score 11 goals after totaling 12 in the first three games. …

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