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June 12, 2013

Beverly brothers living in enemy territory

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There may be scant few Bruins’ fans with more knowledge of the Blackhawks than Rood and Fullerton. Both brothers, who each eclipsed 100 career points in their Beverly High careers, are expecting an excellent series.

“Going into the playoffs, I really thought the Hawks were going to win it all. The Bruins were so up and down; it was so frustrating,” Rood said. “Then they make that amazing comeback (in Game 7 of the quarterfinals against Toronto) and they’re playing unbelievable now. I see them matching up really well, especially the way they played Pittsburgh.

“It’s going to be a battle, at least six games. If it goes seven, I could see the Hawks winning.”

Fullerton feels the Blackhawks are the more talented team, but believes the Bruins will make it a war.

“From a hockey standpoint, Chicago is more skilled than the Bruins — but so were the Penguins. I think Chicago is better defensively and in goal (compared to Pittsburgh),” Fullerton said. “I think we’ve got them in net; (Corey) Crawford is not as good as (Tuukka Rask). Crawford is weak, but he’s been playing well. I know he can let up a weak goal, so hopefully the Bruins can throw pucks to the net and hopefully shut down Kane.”

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