Well, the second round wasn’t kind to this blogger in more ways than one. First, the Pens were defeated, ending their bid for a Cup repeat. Second, my predictions were absolutely atrocious (thank you, San Jose & Chicago).
To be honest, with the Pens gone early and unexpectedly, the playoffs have lost a little bit of their luster for me. As a hockey fan, however, I’ll still be watching intently, mainly because I’m a junkie and I need my fix. And with “Lost” and “Fringe” ending soon, there will be nothing left worth watching on TV.
#7 Philadelphia vs. #8 Montreal
Who saw this one coming? No, seriously, who in the blue hell saw this matchup coming? To put the likelihood of this conference final into words is impossible, so let’s move on.
What’s more impressive: the Flyers overcoming a 3-0 deficit to Boston with a third-string goalie, or Montreal knocking off the #1 seed then the defending Cup champs? I’m going to go with the Habs’ accomplishments thus far. (Boston finally showed its true colors.) After seeing Montreal up close and personal for the past seven games, I simply can’t pick against them. This team is on a roll, and Halak is playing other-worldly. That said, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Habs screwed Pens fans yet again and Philly somehow found a way to win. Sometimes life is cruel, and sometimes a waiver-wire pickup in goal leads a team to the finals.
In all seriousness, though, I predict the Canadiens win the series and the imbeciles in Montreal burn the city to the ground.
Prediction: Canadiens in 6
#1 San Jose vs. #2 Chicago
So much for the Sharks’ penchant for choking in the playoffs. So much for the Hossa-curse and a rookie in net dragging down the Hawks. An original 6 matchup in the Cup is too good to be true…but I think it will happen. Chicago embarrassed Vancouver for most of that series and looks to be a team on a mission. Kane, Toews, Keith, Seabrook, etc. are all rising to the occasion. I’m still not sold on San Jose. The Pens of the West are ready to take the next step.
Prediction: Hawks in 6