And finally, the Stanley Cup playoff prognostos…
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Round One Themes:
-- Toronto is in too unfamiliar a territory to stop the Capitals.
-- Hey, Tampa Bay…not facing a rookie goalie in the playoffs this time. Have a nice summer.
-- Offense…Pittsburgh. Defense…Pittsburgh. Special teams…Pittsburgh. Pity poor Henrik…again.
-- Flyers? Bruins? Flip a coin. It comes up…B’s.
-- Blue-hoo-hoo. St. Louis goes quick and quiet.
-- One line against one team? Bad math for Anaheim.
-- Plucky Nashville looks ugly doing it, but finds a way, even without Joel Ward.
-- Detroit fans won’t mind too much…their defending World Series champions will be just starting their season.
Round Two Themes:
-- Hey Timmeh… Repeat?...There ain’t no steeking repeat?
-- Miller Time, Sabres with “Fleurys” of goals.
-- Only so far pluckiness can get you, and if you’re Nashville, this is your stop.
-- The team no one wants to play is the team San Jose didn’t want to play.
Conference Final Themes:
-- Russian Machine Breaks Sabres
-- “Better Late than Early”…Kings might not have been best in the West in October, but they’re best in the West in June.
Stanley Cup Final Theme:
-- First a hope, then a dream…now, a mission. “Washington Capitals, Stanley Cup Champion”…has a nice “ring” to it.
And your Conn Smythe Trophy winner as most valuable player…
Alexander Semin (24 games, 14-18-32, +12)