If I had to choose, Toronto wins the biggest choke job in history, yes even bigger than losing a 7 game series after being up 3-0. But I still think it’s hilarious that my toilet started to choke when I tried flushing my Ovechkin’s jersey down it last night.
Anyways, here are my semifinal predictions in the East.
OTTAWA SENATORS (7) vs PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (1)
If it weren’t for Tomas Vokoun the Penguins would have been eliminated by the Islanders in the quarterfinals. As a matter of fact the Penguins will most likely continue to start Vokoun throughout this series. If that’s the case then the Penguins now have a 50% chance at knocking off the Senators. They have about a 1% chance if Fleury starts.
But it won’t be easy because unlike last round, the Penguins will have to face a legitimate goaltender, Craig Anderson.
Without him or any of the goaltending in Ottawa who knows where this team would be, 15th in the East possibly? I’ve always said that without excellent goaltending you have no shot at winning the Stanley Cup. Just look at the last two Conn Smythe winners (Tim Thomas and Jonathan Quick). They’re both American born goaltenders and that is exactly what Ottawa has in Anderson.
It’s simple for me, it will come down to which team has the better defense and goaltender and the Senators win that vote by a mile or two.
Ottawa Senators to advance in 6 games
NEW YORK RANGERS (6) vs BOSTON BRUINS (4)
This series shouldn’t even be happening right now, well OK the Rangers won and deserved to advance. But the Maple Leafs must have had a ton of money on the Bruins to advance because I didn’t see any positives from Boston the past 3 games. Meaning, Toronto allowed Boston to win and advance, that’s all there is too it.
Boston looked fatigued going into game 5 and it lasted all the way to the final minutes of game 7. New York on the other hand looked locked and ready to fire at all cylinders in the quarterfinals. Then again, they were playing the CHOKING Ovechkin and company.
Goaltending will be stellar at both ends of the ice but Boston’s defense may be a concern. They lost two key guys in game 7 vs Toronto and if they aren’t back for this series that will be a HUGE problem for Boston.
Rangers’ Rick Nash has yet to get going, only recording one assist in 7 games. Do they need him to get going? Yes, absolutely. The Bruins unlike the Capitals have fire power up and down their lineup and the only way New York will match that is if Nash starts scoring.
This series is a coin toss for me.
IF the Bruins are healthy on the back-end and they pick up where they left off in game 7, they will advance.
IF the Rangers can get Rick Nash going, yes it’s that simple, they will advance.
Give me the Rangers to advance in 7 games.
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