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Breaking down the Bruins, Blackhawks matchup in the Stanley Cup Final

Published: Wednesday, June 12 2013 9:15 a.m. MDT

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This will be the most important matchup in the series. Chicago features some of the most skilled forwards in the league, with Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. The Blackhawks also have energy guys in Bryan Bickell, Andrew Shaw and Michal Handzus that can counter Boston's grit.

Boston has skill too, in Tyler Seguin and David Krejci, but the Bruins rely on stout defense and checking from their forwards. Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand are two of the biggest pests in the league and will try to get under the skin of Chicago's playmakers.

The matchup to look out for is Patrice Bergeron against Toews. Bergeron, a finalist for the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward), was able to shut down Sidney Crosby last round, and if he can lean on Toews, it'll force the other Blackhawk forwards to step up.

Edge: Blackhawks
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