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Tebow, Tebow, Tebow. Oh wait, this is about hockey.

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:18 a.m. CDT
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(Nancy Lane)
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic high fives fans as the NHL hockey team departs the TD Garden in Boston for Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Bruins are scheduled to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Nancy Lane)

The Blackhawks will play on their biggest stage since 2010 when they play host to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Sports writers Tom Musick and Jeff Arnold discuss:

Musick: Two quick questions: Which team will win the opening faceoff in Game 1? And what were your impressions as one of a zillion reporters covering the NHL's media day?

Arnold: Man, as much as the United Center will be jumping after Jim Cornelison finishes the national anthem, I'd be hard pressed not to take the Hawks. But then again, I thought Jonathan Toews could win a faceoff with 9.4 seconds left in Game 5 against the Kings and we saw how that worked out. Too soon? Media day impressions? Too much facial hair and too many people with cameras and boom mics. I couldn't see Patrick Kane. I know the dude's short, but still, I assume he was somewhere in there. You know – it's media day – everyone's on their best behavior unless you're Viktor Stalberg. What did you walk away with from our get-together with 400 of our new best friends?

Musick: My favorite moment came when someone asked Bruins forward Milan Lucic about his thoughts on Tim Tebow joining the New England Patriots. And, no, it wasn't Skip Bayless asking the question. I probably was struck most by the calm, casual demeanor of players on both teams. Maybe that shouldn't have been such a surprise considering both clubs have been to the Cup Final in the past few seasons.

Arnold: I was impressed with the way Stan Bowman dealt with the temptation to dump Joel Quenneville after last year's first-round exit and make sweeping changes. I think they could have shopped Corey Crawford and could have sent Quenneville packing. But like he said, there's such a thin line between winning and losing. How impressive of a job has Quenneville done in getting the Hawks back to the Stanley Cup Finals, especially given the distractions of a lockout and the whole historic streak thing? I know purists will love this line of questioning considering the whole shootout aspect of the unbeaten streak.

Musick: No question. Quenneville knows his stuff, and he always seems to push the right button at the right time when it comes to shaking up his lines or applying public pressure on a player to step up his game. Players respect him and like him at the same time. Dave Bolland once called him a "teddy bear." I smell a Hawks promotion for next season: Stuffed Q Bears to the first 10,000 kids.

Arnold: And who else has a Twitter feed dedicated to his mustache? That says it all right there. Coach of the Year. OK, what's the difference in this series? I know we both are taking the Hawks to win in 7 (much to the chagrin of our boss), but what ultimately makes one team better than the other in this series?

Musick: The Hawks have depth. They have home-ice advantage. And they don't have to answer Tebow questions.

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