Round three is underway and surprisingly the two teams in the west most known for choking in the playoffs are the only ones remaining.
I’m not surprised to see Tampa in the conference finals but am very disappointed that the Bruins are still alive.
Boston (3) vs. Tampa (5)
During the season the Bruins won three of four games against the Lightning but that was before Dwayne Roloson went between the pipes.
Tampa Bay has won five straight road games so they will have a definite advantage in the first two games of this round in Boston where the Bruins dropped two in a row against the Montreal Canadiens in round one.
Again, the Bolts “Big Three” of Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier will be dangerous.
Head-to-head both teams have incredible goaltending which is absolutely key this far into the post season. It will come down to which team has the stronger offense to pass these brick walls.
I’m giving this round to Tampa Bay in five.
Vancouver (1) vs. San Jose (2)
In an appropriate, yet surprising, matchup between the best two teams in the west the difference will once again come down to goaltending; one with a Stanley Cup ring, the other an Olympic gold medal.
Neither team has done too hot in the post season in recent memory so they will both be looking for redemption.
I’m still playing the “Luongo is going to choke like he always does” card. He has messed up many times in each round almost costing the Canucks two series (again, he’s not the only one to blame here) so I am expecting this round his errors will do them in.
I’m giving this round to San Jose in seven.
This year the Stanley Cup finals will be between the Bolts and the Sharks. I’m taking Tampa Bay for the Cup. My Canadiens of the south, Go Bolts Go!