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The Stanley Cup Final is upon us- finally!

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins
We want the puck! We want the puck!
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Today is Media Day, as the Bruins prepare to face the Blues in their quest to hoist the Stanley Cup. Game #1 airs tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, live from TD Garden.

  • After a protracted wait, Boston will look to K.I.S.S. on Monday in Game #1. NHL
  • For Boston, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it- this after Bruce Cassidy applied the line/pairing blender all season long as needed. Providence Journal
  • Rested, but ready- a number of Bruins focused on family and friends in the interim. They anticipate a very physical series. The Hockey News
  • Is it too early to be concerned that David Krejci is ailing, and has missed two practices? Boston Herald
  • David Krejci is practicing today. Whew! @RochieWBZ
  • It is hard to overstate the value of Zdeno Chara’s mentorship (although it is easy to understate the number of his children, apparently- he has two sons as well as a daughter.) New York Times
  • Three questions for this final series include whether special teams will be the key to success. Bonus- more links. NBC Sports
  • Among the storylines to monitor is how the reality of “rest v. rust” pans out. Sports Illustrated
  • One Bruin (who must have been smarting after a trade from the Capitols immediately before their Stanley Cup) now gets his shot in Black and Gold. WEEI
  • Media Day is upon us, so Jake DeBrusk’s singular hat is upon his head. @NHLdotcom
  • This NHL video montage recaps Boston and St. Louis’ “Journey To the Stanley Cup Final” documenting a drama in three rounds. (Video, 1:36) NHL
  • The NHL “2019 Stanley Cup Final Trailer” opens with flying Bobby Orr and then shows a former Blues captain now in the Spoked B and a former PBruin goaltender-on-loan in blue ready to play for the Stanley Cup. (Video, 1:55) NHL
  • Social media has been a platform for Bruins team bonding. Bruins Daily
  • The Blues may be without the services of defenseman Vince Dunn as the series opens. MassLive
  • Forget the players, how do the coaches match up in this series? Ottawa Sun

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Scroll down to the links at the bottom of this daily news post from the league for an interesting tidbit about the flying Bobby Orr statue. NHL