The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins don't have anything locked up yet, but Sports Illustrated may have done a bit of foreshadowing with their latest cover photos.
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SI tabbed Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger as its latest coverboy in the western region while Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gets up close and personal with the camera on the alternate cover.
Both covers are part of one enterprising story from Steve Rushin on why the NHL Postseason is like no other.
"And so it goes," Rushin writes," on a nightly basis for eight consecutive weeks, the speeding and the bleeding, making the Stanley Cup playoffs the most intense short-term spectacle in all of sports, a symphony for foghorn, swallowed whistle and dentist drill."
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The Blackhawks hold a 2-1 lead over the L.A. Kings, with Game 4 coming up Thursday night. The Bruins currently carry a commanding 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins and will play Wednesday evening.