Well, that was a short round, wasn’t it? Chicago swept the Sharks with relative ease, and goalie annoyer Dustin Byfuglien had a couple of important goals (one per game) including three game winners and the overtime goal in game 3. Philadelphia showed Montreal who this year’s all-star goalie is by knocking them off in five games which included THREE shutouts. THREE! Michael Leighton is a monster!
I faired a little better with my predictions last round, going 2 for 2. It’s a little bittersweet that Montreal is out. I still hate them for knocking out the Penguins, so I’m glad to see them gone, but to have Philly in the finals is just weird. Not that they don’t deserve it. They’ve played some amazing playoff hockey so far. They stuck it out while some of their top players were out with injuries, but now they’re back with almost full strength.
I said from the beginning that I would have loved to see a Chicago / Pittsburgh final, and I got half of my wish, just not the good half. It will be an interesting series though.
Stanley Cup Finals
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
I’m a little torn on who to cheer for in this final. Philly is the cross-state rivals of my Pens, but they knocked out Montreal. So points for them. Chicago is full of fire and haven’t shown any weaknesses really. In terms of skill I think Chicago will walk away with it pretty easily. In terms of great stories, a Philly win would be incredible. Sliding into the playoffs at the last minute. Coming back from a 3-0 game deficit against Boston. But the best part would be Hossa, losing in the finals for the third year in a row. Fuck that traitor.
In any case, I won’t be completely happy with either of these teams winning, but I’ll be watching nonetheless.
Chicago in 5