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06-14-2011, 08:50 AM
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Tampa Bay absolutely rolled the Bruins, but their goaltending let them down. I'd say they were the toughest team the Bruins faced. Montreal would be up there too though; they were also better than the Bruins, but were done in by injuries (and a bounce or two in those three overtime games wouldn't have hurt).

Which is weird. I'd have expected Vancouver to outplay the Bruins at least to the extent Tampa did; even if one buys that Tim Thomas singlehandedly makes the Bruins an elite club, controlling the play and outchancing clearly isn't the Bruins' strong suit. But the Canucks have only done this once or twice. I'm very disappointed in them and starting to think that rumors of the West's superiority are greatly exagerrated.

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