Organized Sports 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: Grading the Conference Finals, Stanley Cup Finals Prediction

Joel Quenneville

The only man who can stop the Blackhawks from a second Cup in four years.

Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will. 

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. I thought the Blackhawks would choke it off and Jonathan Quick would steal another one, and I thought the star-laden Penguins would steamroll their way through the Boston Bruins. Oh well. Likely inaccurate Finals pick and recaps after the jump.

Grading the Western Conference Finals

(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings
Prediction: Kings in 7
Actual Result: Blackhawks in 5
Well, poop. Even though the Kings beat the Blues two years in a row, I would have been much happier seeing them repeat than the Blackhawks get another Cup just three years removed from their last. But Jonathan Quick couldn’t be good enough to entirely prop up a team that couldn’t buy a goal until the final seconds of what ended up to be the deciding game, an exciting two-overtime instant classic in which Hat Trick Kane scored his third of the game to send his boys to the Finals.
Grade: F

Grading the Eastern Conference Finals

(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (4) Boston Bruins
Prediction: Penguins in 5
Actual Result: Bruins in 4
Now, this one was satisfying. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the non-homegrown, purchased stars that make up the rest of their very unlikeable team had done to them what I thought they’d do to the Bruins. Maple Leaf fans can at least take satisfaction that they took the Bruins to seven.
Grade: F

Overall Average Grade: F-minus

Stanley Cup Finals Prediction

(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (4) Boston Bruins
After watching the Bruins in their series against the Penguins, they look unstoppable. They get secondary scoring from their best defensive forwards, Tuukka Rask is solid between the pipes, and it feels like they have all the momentum. And the Blackhawks, while extremely talented and resilient, still have the Quenneville factor. If someone tied old Joel up in the locker room and didn’t let him coach, I’d pick the Hawks in 5. But he and his womb broom are there to possibly screw things up, so I’m taking the Bruins.
Prediction: Bruins in 7

Then again, that’s kinda just what I want to happen, and I’ll probably be wrong again.

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