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Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup final not for the faint of heart

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Don't believe it.

Sure, the Blackhawks can score goals. Bunches of them, in fact. They finished the regular season with 155, second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins and 24 more than the Bruins.

But that is not who they are.

Like the Bruins – and last year's Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings – they are built from the back forward. That means they have a deep corps of defenseman who are more than speed bumps in shoulder pads. They can skate, they can pass, and, yes, they can even score.

At a time in hockey history when just getting the puck out of your own zone has become a feat worthy of fireworks and a marching band, mobile defensemen who can move the puck have become the second box that any serious Stanley Cup contender must check off (after having a top goaltender). In Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, the Blackhawks have two of the best in the game.

And the Blackhawk defensemen are not alone in doing the defending. While the Blackhawks' forward corps is more offensively explosive than Boston's, in many ways, they look a lot like the Bruins. They are as much about keeping the puck out of their own net as putting it in the other one.

There is Jonathan Toews, who, like Bruin Patrice Bergeron, is a finalist for the Selke award – given to hockey's best defensive forward. In the previous round, Bergeron made Penguin Sidney Crosby, arguably the best player in the world, look like someone who had lost his car keys. Now the Bruins will get the same treatment in reverse.

Then there is Dave Bolland, who, like Bruin Shawn Thornton, is not enjoying himself if he's not scraping someone against the end boards. Or perhaps putting his sweaty glove in someone's face.

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