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ECF: (3) Boston Bruins v. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

View Poll Results: Who will win?
Boston in 4 10 1.91%
Boston in 5 50 9.54%
Boston in 6 167 31.87%
Boston in 7 65 12.40%
Tampa in 7 66 12.60%
Tampa in 6 132 25.19%
Tampa in 5 21 4.01%
Tampa in 4 13 2.48%
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05-06-2011, 10:53 PM
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People getting snarky already? Damn.

It's going to be a good series.

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05-06-2011, 10:54 PM
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Cocky Lightning fans, don't you know you're from the south and therefore automatically lose in a sweep to any team from the north?

Bruins in 4. Their goalie is so much better it's not even funny. What's that? Roloson has a better sv% and GAA? Pfft whatever.
Yeah Flyer fans were saying the same thing about Boucher's stats before the series and how did that go?

Good job to the Lightning though, they beat a Crosby/Malkin less Penguins team that took them to 7 games and beat an overrated Caps team that if they faced anyone but the Rangers they probably wouldn't had even won their series in the first round.

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05-06-2011, 10:55 PM
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TB definitely has the edge at center even if Bergeron plays. If Bergeron is out though the discrepancy is much greater.
I disagree. A lot.

Krejci - Lecavalier. This is close considering how well Krejci is playing at the moment. 9 pts in 4 games vs Philly. Lecavalier is clutch though, so give him the slight edge.

Stamkos - Bergeron. Again, close as Bergeron is in god mode right now. Still, this is Stamkos.

Moore - Peverly. Moore is playing some great hockey with Bergenheim right now, but I consider Peverly a superior player.

Campbell - Thompson. We had Thompson for a long time, and he could never crack our roster. Campbell is better.

All in all, pretty damn close. Give the Bolts the edge at the top end, and the Bruins better bottom 2.

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I'm taking the B's in 6 (well, of course).
Hopeful Bergeron will be alright and lace them up.
Should be a great series.
One thing: Bettman factor, Finals in the South would be a huge boost for his cause. Watch for it.

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05-06-2011, 10:57 PM
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I don't know what kind of trash talking the flyers fans were doing, but they don't have anyone like stamkos or st.louis. Especially st.louis, that little f'er is impossible to shut down.
Did you watch JVR? Kid was incredible.
Giroux has one less point than St Louis.

There's no doubt the Bolts trio is excellent, but the Flyers have some great forwards too.

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05-06-2011, 10:58 PM
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While Philly has great forwards and tons of depth. They dont have a single player that is the caliber of Stamkos or St Louis, or even Lecavalier as he has been playing the last few months.
Say that after they have faced the best goalie in the league. Thomas stymied the flyers forwards early in the series, even the immortal JVR looked defeated tonight.

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05-06-2011, 10:59 PM
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I disagree. A lot.

Krejci - Lecavalier. This is close considering how well Krejci is playing at the moment. 9 pts in 4 games vs Philly. Lecavalier is clutch though, so give him the slight edge.

Stamkos - Bergeron. Again, close as Bergeron is in god mode right now. Still, this is Stamkos.

Moore - Peverly. Moore is playing some great hockey with Bergenheim right now, but I consider Peverly a superior player.

Campbell - Thompson. We had Thompson for a long time, and he could never crack our roster. Campbell is better.

All in all, pretty damn close. Give the Bolts the edge at the top end, and the Bruins better bottom 2.
Disagree all you want.

Two Rocket Richards (almost three) between the two of Stamkos and Lecavalier say otherwise. And dont kid yourself. Lecavalier of old is definitely back.

Bergeron is a great two way center and Krejci is a good power forward but both are completely overshadowed by their counterparts.

Moore is ahead of Peverley as well. Especially in the defensive game and grit. Ive seen plenty of Peverley in ATL to know what he has to offer. A pretty move here and there and thats about it.

Campbell and Thompson are at best a wash but Thompson is one of the most important cogs for TB that his contribution to the team far outweighs Campbells to Bostons.

This is one thing that simply cant be argued. TB clearly has the edge down the middle. Even with Bergeron in the lineup.

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05-06-2011, 11:00 PM
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Hopefully St.Louis scores at least 10 goals on his old buddy and the Lightning get it done in 5.

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Yeah Flyer fans were saying the same thing about Boucher's stats before the series and how did that go?

Good job to the Lightning though, they beat a Crosby/Malkin less Penguins team that took them to 7 games and beat an overrated Caps team that if they faced anyone but the Rangers they probably wouldn't had even won their series in the first round.
Good job to the Bruins though, they beat a Markov/Gorges less Habs team that took them to 7 games and beat an overrated Philly team that barely beat the 8 seed in Buffalo and doesnt have a single starting goalie among the three they tried.

Amirite?

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Disagree all you want.

Two Rocket Richards (almost three) between the two of Stamkos and Lecavalier say otherwise. And dont kid yourself. Lecavalier of old is definitely back.

Bergeron is a great two way center and Krejci is a good power forward but both are completely overshadowed by their counterparts.

Moore is ahead of Peverley as well. Especially in the defensive game and grit. Ive seen plenty of Peverley in ATL to know what he has to offer. A pretty move here and there and thats about it.

Campbell and Thompson are at best a wash but Thompson is one of the most important cogs for TB that his contribution to the team far outweighs Campbells to Bostons.

This is one thing that simply cant be argued. TB clearly has the edge down the middle. Even with Bergeron in the lineup.
Wait... Krejci a power forward? Stopped reading there. Best of luck.

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Wait... Krejci a power forward? Stopped reading there. Best of luck.
Should have put pseudo power forward. Isnt that what all Bruins forwards think they are?

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05-06-2011, 11:02 PM
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Disagree all you want.

Two Rocket Richards (almost three) between the two of Stamkos and Lecavalier say otherwise. And dont kid yourself. Lecavalier of old is definitely back.

Bergeron is a great two way center and Krejci is a good power forward but both are completely overshadowed by their counterparts.

Moore is ahead of Peverley as well. Especially in the defensive game and grit. Ive seen plenty of Peverley in ATL to know what he has to offer. A pretty move here and there and thats about it.

Campbell and Thompson are at best a wash but Thompson is one of the most important cogs for TB that his contribution to the team far outweighs Campbells to Bostons.

This is one thing that simply cant be argued. TB clearly has the edge down the middle. Even with Bergeron in the lineup.
Agree, not sure how that can be argued. Boston's best center would be the 3rd line center on Tampa.

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05-06-2011, 11:03 PM
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Should have put pseudo power forward. Isnt that what all Bruins forwards think they are?
David Krejci is 170 pounds soaking wet, and has a grand total of 6 hits in the playoffs.

He does have 10 pts though. 4 more than Stamkos.

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I'm taking the B's in 6 (well, of course).
Hopeful Bergeron will be alright and lace them up.
Should be a great series.
One thing: Bettman factor, Finals in the South would be a huge boost for his cause. Watch for it.
As long as we're talking conspiracies you've got Campbell's kid.

We've already won a cup so I doubt it's as huge a deal to have a finals here again if they were playing that card.

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Bruins in 6

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Good job to the Bruins though, they beat a Markov/Gorges less Habs team that took them to 7 games and beat an overrated Philly team that barely beat the 8 seed in Buffalo and doesnt have a single starting goalie among the three they tried.

Amirite?
Crosby and Malkin are a lot more important to their team than Markov and Gorges AINEC. Also, MTL always gives Boston's fits, not surprising it went to 7 games, very predictable it was going to be a long series.

Philly is a lot more deeper than Washington, Washington has one line to shut down and that is why they suck in the playoffs every year, if they faced anyone but the Rangers in the first round I guarantee they lose.

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05-06-2011, 11:05 PM
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Eh...I sorta like Boston here. Everything that frustrated Tampa about the Penguins is just magnified here against the Bruins, and I think Tampa's 1-3-1 will play right into Boston's style of play.

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Agree, not sure how that can be argued. Boston's best center would be the 3rd line center on Tampa.
Bergeron and Krejci - 22 pts.
Lecavalier and Stamkos - 18 pts.

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How can anyone make an educated guess on the series when one of the league's best two way forward's series is in doubt. Krejci, Bergeron, Peverley is a good counter to Stamkos, Lecavalier, and Moore but without Bergeron...yikes! At least that's the way I see it.

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Boston in six with Bergeron, Tampa in seven if Bergeron is out.

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David Krejci is 170 pounds soaking wet, and has a grand total of 6 hits in the playoffs.

He does have 10 pts though. 4 more than Stamkos.
I know, I was kidding. Hence the "pseudo".

As for points, good on him. He played the last 4 games against AHL and ECHL goaltending. Good that he put up the points to get the Bruins through, but lets not kid ourselves, the Flyers goaltending carousel is a joke.

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Eh...I sorta like Boston here. Everything that frustrated Tampa about the Penguins is just magnified here against the Bruins, and I think Tampa's 1-3-1 will play right into Boston's style of play.
I actually agree with this mostly. There will be no time for a learning curve this time for the Bolts. If they go two games down it's probably over.

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Bergeron and Krejci - 22 pts.
Lecavalier and Stamkos - 18 pts.

MAF+Neuvirth>>>>Price(although not his fault hes on this side)+Boucher/Leighton/Bob/Popcorn Vendor

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Bergeron and Krejci - 22 pts.
Lecavalier and Stamkos - 18 pts.
Too small of a sample size to imply any kind of conclusion. A lot of that came from beating up on awful Philly goaltending. Stamkos and Lecavalier are just better, more talented players.

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