Like I said on the main board, I am not one bit scared of Tampa. They beat a Crosby/Malkin less Penguins team that still took them to 7 games, and beat an overrated Caps team that if the Caps even faced anyone in the first round besides the Rangers they would have lost.
The Penguins were still a very good team minus Crosby and Malkin.
I'm just happy we are through with Subban and Pronger, two defensemen that always give the Bruins fits. No one on the Tampa defense stands out to me as a dominating player, maybe Hedman will be that player in 2-3 years but no one that can really "shut down" right now. They have a few good defenseman with Brewer and Kubina but I think our depth will prevail so I'm taking the Bruins in 5.
This is going to be a hell of a series, I think the Bruins can win this one but it's not going to be easy. Roloson is a great goalie and he has the ability to get in a groove and it seems he's in one right now. Thomas has been huge for us up to this point and I don't expect anything to change.
The keys will be to stay out of the box, their PP is deadly. I think our forwards will be able to cycle the puck on Tampa's D similar to what we did with Philly.
Your thoughts echo my own. Get outta my head, sir.
I think we hold all the same advantages as we had in the Philly series, except Tampa will show up to play more than half the time.
-I think we're the better, more experienced defensive side.
-our puck possession game in the offensive zone should serve us well.
-tougher in the trenches and anywhere else they wanna have a fight.
-I'm calling the goaltending match-up a wash. Gonna be a showdown I reckon. That Dwayne Roloson, he's so hot right now.
Tampa's showed a different level of defensive competitiveness in the playoffs, but we still hold the physical advantage in all areas imo.
It would be nice if our PP could look half way competent, but like you said: we stay outta the box and we'll be in good shape.
As usual, I think when we make the decision to get off the wall and throw pucks and bodies to the net, then we score plenty. Looking for more of the same in this series. Ugly goals are beautiful.
If they wanna get into a slow meat grinder type of series along the boards with us, then that's cool with me; I think we absolutely roll em in that type of game. They're faster, but not Habs fast, so I think we'll do well to keep em on the perimeter board battles in a sort of low scoring bruiser series.
Neutralizing their top 6 won't be enough. Their 3rd line of Bergenheim/Moore/Downie has been arguably their best line. They have pretty much an incredibly solid top 9, weak defence and an experienced goalie who's playing very well.