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Leafs winger Phil Kessel (pictured) frustrated Boston with his speed. Will Patrick Kane do the same for Chicago?
The way to beat the Bruins is to have speed through the neutral zone and use this quickness to create odd-man rushes. This is exactly what the Leafs did in Round 1 with talented forwards such as Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul. If not for a miracle third-period comeback in Game 7, Toronto would have upset the Bruins.
The Bruins barely overcame the impressive speed and skill of the Leafs offense, and in the next two rounds, the Rangers and Penguins were slower teams that could be pushed around, which played right into Boston's hands.
The only defenseman who has fantastic speed and is a tremendous skater is Torey Krug, who probably won't play more than 16 minutes in any game of the Cup Final as a rookie with little playoff experience.
As a highly skilled offense that uses its speed to its advantage, the Blackhawks have what it takes to create quality chances against the Bruins. The best way to prevent Zdeno Chara from shutting down their top forwards and not allow him to get between his goal and the opposing player.
If Chara is in front of the player he's defending, he will use his long reach and strength to take away the opponent's time and space almost every time.
Boston will need to play great team defense to prevent the speed of Chicago forwards such as Kane, Sharp, Brandon Saad and Toews from generating scoring chances consistently on Rask.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Nick was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs, and he is also a credentialed writer at the 2013 NHL playoffs in Boston.