Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bucky impacting Stanley Cup Playoffs

We're closing in on the Stanley Cup finals and there is a good chance that a former Wisconsin Badger skater will be hoisting up the cup.

This year's western conference finals pits Original Six rivals Detroit and Chicago, two teams that have never liked each other and never will. Those two teams also feature a trio of Badgers.

Chris Chelios -(Right) The Red Wing defenseman is bringing new meaning to the words "veteran", Chelios is 47 years old and started his NHL career in 1984. He's only managed four games this postseason and no points. But he doesn't exactly have the speed he once did. Chelios was last with Wisconsin in 1982-83.

Brian Rafalski - (Left) Another Detroit defenseman, Rafalski is the triggerman for the Wings' power play. He's got five points and sports an impressive +8. Rafalski was fun to watch in college, especially during the 1994-95 season when he was named WCHA Defenseman of the year and scored 45 points in 43 games.

Adam Burish - (Right) The Blackhawks Winger has gained a reputation as an agitator in the NHL. He's an excellent defensive player and is one of my favorite Badgers of all-time. A Madison, WI, native, Burish captained Bucky's 2005-06 National Championship team, which one it all at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Burish has five points in the postseason, he also led the team in penalty minutes going into Sunday's game four. He made his appearance in the highlight shows when he took this skate to the neck. Don't worry, he stayed in the game after getting bandaged up.

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