Pits Vs. Washington
This is the series everyone wants to see. The classic showdown Crosby and Malkin against Ovechkin. This series will most likely silence the critics, and ultimately pick who is the better player. Also this series might play heavily into the Hart Trophy voting
Washington came back from a 3-1 deficit in round one to wrap up the series in 7 games. Although this may seem as a feat it is not much. The Rangers got lucky to push Washington that far. In this series we need to see Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, and Green all play better. Other then Ovechkins wonderful goal these 4 weren’t the difference makers they need to be to win this series. Varlemov has to keep up his stellar play in this round, because the Caps got no other options in goal.
Crosby and Malkin have been firing on all cylinders, and are leading their team going into this second round. Jordan Stall and Gonchar need to up the ante here. Staal got a new contract but he needs to play like hes earned that new contract. Also Gonchar was not playing as good as he can, while Letang was playing better then expected. It seems Washington has the edge in goal, but don’t count out Fleury he has been here before and Varlemov hasent faced a real offence yet.
Prediction is Pens in 6 I think Varlemov will cave under the Pens offence, and Fleury will pick up his game
Boston Vs. Carolina
Little to say here I think Boston is the clear favorite, Carolina spoiled New Jerseys party last round. This in my opinion was a little bit of a fluke but Staal and Whitney arent enough to take down the Boston’s depth Chart.
Boston in 5
After the first round there is not that much that can be said. How big of an upset was Anaheim beating San Jose? We all knew it could happen, we were just hoping for the Sharks to pull through this time. Atleast I was (My pools are in trouble). Washington had a scare, but most of us figured they would get through the first round. Philly looked like they were going to turn the series around, but Crosby and Malkin weren’t going to let that happen. Without Reghyr, Chicago’s speedy forwards didn’t have to worry about being punished. As for Detroit, Vancouver, and Boston… well lets just say the series went the way everyone thought they would. The only real catcher was the Carolina-New Jersey series. How amazing was that? One goal games back and forth (excluding game six).
The Sharks struck out bigtime again. How long is GM Doug Wilson going to let this happen? ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE. Who’s to go? Is it Thorton or Marleau.. or is one player just not the answer. The sharks have a solid foundation. There’s no need to restructure. I think it’s time Nabakov is given the boot. He’s been riding win after win playing infront of an amazing Sharks team. While him and Toskala were playing together the Sharks finished with 107 points. Any goalie playing infront of that team could get the credit that nabakov has. I think its time for the sharks to either trade for a true winner between the pipes, or draft a solid keeper. This way they will have a good shot at the cup in a couple of years. But now that theyre out of the playoffs, a minus on the scoreboard won’t look so bad.
As Pierre McGuire would say .. Staal, Whitney, and especially Cam Ward were MONSTERS in this series. Carolina looked like the old stanley cup champs in game 7. As me and my buddies were watching (just after exams so we were loaded) … we knew that the game wasn’t just over yet. In the last 5 minutes Carolina just kept pushing and pushing. Finally Jussi Jokinen (who is not just a shootout specialist anymore) came through in the clutch scoring a goal on a beautiful pass from Pitkanen to tie it up. A minute later Staal put the icing on the series with a pretty weak goal. But you can’t blame Brodeur.. He was phenomenal. I remember counting the shots from games 4-5-6.. it was 127!! Thats averaging over 42 shots per game.. which is just nuts. Brodeur was pooped. If you looked and Lundqvist in the NYR he was tired and didn’t even have close to that many shots. Carolina was just to strong and Paul Maurice had a good strategy in place.. GET PUCKS TO THE NET. Well it worked.
Anyways its 340 in the morning and ive had a couple too many sodas… So have a good night ladies n gents