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06-19-2011, 07:57 PM
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MathMan
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
Then why did they reach the final 4 last year and took the eventual cup champs to 7 games(including 3 OT's)?
While I think Montreal was better than the Bruins, let's stop comparing against Boston. Taking Boston to 7 games was not a huge accomplishment. Everyone was taking Boston to 7 games. Teams got crummy playoff goaltending and still took Boston to 7 games. Boston may have been the "eventual Cup Winner", but they were just not that good. I don't think it's wise to build a "Cup contender" on the idea that you might win if the other guy's goalie plays for .903 or less.

Yeah, so the Bruins needed luck to get past Montreal. They were luckier to get past Tampa. The Bruins won a Cup the way any club in the modern NHL might win a Cup: all the ducks fell in a row. They might fall in a row for Montreal next year, or Winnipeg, or freakin' Toronto if the Leafs somehow make the playoffs. If the Habs are to be contenders, we need to see if they can match Pittsburgh, and Washington -- those are the best clubs in the East and the true measuring stick.

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