The Canadiens-Capitals series is the best one to watch so far.
But did you guys see Boyle get one past Nabakov (his own goalie) in OT last night? What a heart-breaking way to lose a 0-0 game. Can the Sharks get over their mental blocks and just come out and play? Its like they have to find new and amazing ways to lose.
Did anyone watch buffalo get hosed on that non-call?
Saw the play...and I think I'm in Billy Jaffe's camp. If you don't call interference on similar contact earlier in the game, you shouldn't call it there. That was a pretty intense contest!
And boy, has L.A. sure surprised me. I thought they were pretty well dominated in Game 1...they clawed back to take Game 2 in OT and put on a heckuva show last night to win Game 3! Their physical game sure seems to be limiting the effectiveness of the 'Nuck forwards. I can't decide whether this series or PHX/DET is my favorite to watch so far.
I will say that the playoffs are actually more exciting this time around even with us not in them. Last year had a few marquee series but this time it's actually just very competitive and insanely high paced in games between close seeds and a lot of potential upsets instead of boring sweeps for the first round.
Jeez, my predictions are turning out all wrong too. I guess next round I won't make any, save myself the embarrassment.
Boucher has recaptured a little of his early-career success. He's always been somewhat of a head-case, so we'll see how he fares. I hope he continues his solid play even though I can't stand The Flyers. Besides, I'm fond of Pronger still, so I wish him success as well.
When teams start getting paired up for the 2nd round I will definitely still predict what I think is going to happen. I'm not afraid to be wrong. This bears little in my life.
I sure underestimated Philly. More precisely, I underestimated the impact that Pronger would have. IMO there is one reason Philly won this series; Chris Pronger.
Yeah, I think I had the Devils in 5 or 6 as well.
I didn't get to see any of the games, so I have no idea who played well & who didn't, but judging solely by the result:
* Kovy must not have been the missing piece for NJ.
* Philly must have really manned up to win it in 5 with all their injury troubles.
* After bowing out in the 1st round two years running, is Brodeur done?
I might as well throw out some predictions for this round.
Vancouver over Chi in six. I think Louongo is due for a hot streak. Can we find some loophole in the rulebook where both of these teams are eliminated please?
Detroit over SJ in 5. Zetterberg does what he continues to do best in the playoffs...dominate. Franzen gets red hot this series. My question is does Babcock split Datsyuk and Zetterberg up? If so can Pavelski out play Datsyuk?
Pit over MTL in 5. Halak comes down to earth a bit but still keeps them habs somewhat competitive. In the end Crosby is too much for the Habs to handle.
Phi vs Bos- Phi in 7. One word is al that is necessary to describe this series...Pronger. ****ing Lauries....
Teams left that I can root for:
San Jose (its like they're the underdogs the rest of the way)
Montreal (despite winning a bazillion cups already, I can't help but pull for those guys)
Boston (with Savard back, they may be an legitimate threat)
Teams I actively want to lose:
Pittsburgh (Crosby has a way of making you dislike him. Plus, its someone else's turn to hoist the cup)
Vancouver (Luongo played amazing in that last game, but otherwise has looked ordinary. Plus I'm starting to get sick of him, Burrows, the Sedins. There are a couple guys I like on their team, but its outweighed)
Chicago (I'd cheer for anyone, even the Red Wings, against Chicago)
Detroit (I'd cheer for anyone except the Blackhawks, against Detroit)
Suddenly the East is wide open. I'm not convinced Pittsburgh can do this. Fleury hasn't looked very impressive. Can Halak keep up his 98% save percentage? Damn!
Should be some good hockey. I wish the Blues were still in it. To console myself, I re-watched the Youtube feeds of the clinching moments vs Columbus last year when the crowd was so loud the players just spun around for the last couple minutes. Columbus would have been incapable of scoring a goal due to the noise itself.
Still waiting for Luongo to disprove me on how overrated he is, if he collapses against Chicago again I'm willing to completely ignore the Gold Medal his uber team handed to him and just consider him the most overrated unsuccessful goalie in the game. The guys biggest accolade is facing the most shots in NHL history and not letting them all go in. Wowie that's world class and future HHOF talent.
In The East I only got one of my predictions (almost) right.
Pitt beat Ottawa 4-2 not 4-1.
But in The West I got 3 of 4 right. So that's not bad!
2MM I agree that the Montreal vs Washington series was the most entertaining and then I think the Detroit vs. Phoenix series was really fun.
I think that Savard is the wild card in that series. If he is good to go, then I think Boston wins. The effectiveness of Chara and Pronger will cancel out each other. That leaves Savard. If Philly can somehow "compromise" Chara (in that oh so savory cheese-wiz steak sandwich Philly way), then The Bruins might be in trouble, especially if Savard is not healthy enough.
There are only two teams I hate more than Chicago.
That is Detroit and Vancouver.
So as much as it sickens me to say this, I am pulling for Chicago. Because I HATE Vancouver and I'd love to see Hossa lose again in the Finals!