When the Bruins lined up for the opening faceoff of Game 5 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, they sent out their top guns in the forward line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton along with the defensive pairing of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg back on the blue line.
While most teams would do all they could to have their best players on the ice when those five Bruins weren’t, Joel Quenneville wasn’t afraid to counter with his two best players in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
The plan employed by the Chicago bench boss worked in the Blackhawks favor, as the black and gold fab five was on the ice for all three Blackhawks goals, resulting in a B’s loss and an elimination game at the TD Garden on Monday.
And the key to the loss was simple – Chicago’s best players were better than Boston’s best players.
“[Claude] Julien put on his top defensive pairing in Chara and Seidenberg, and his top forward line with Lucic and Krejci, etcetera,” said Bob Neumeier on Hockey Postgame Live. “So what does Joel Quenneville do? He wasn’t afraid of putting his top line on Chara and Seidenberg.”
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