Stanley Cup playoffs predictions: Volume 2
It's time for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. My Flyers are gone, eliminated in six games by the Penguins. I am bitter over that, because the Flyers blew a 3-0 lead in Game 6 at home and lost, 5-3, on Saturday.
My bitterness, however, was eased when the Rangers and Devils, lost within the space of 45 minutes on Tuesday.
And then there are the San Jose Sharks. They have the best record in the regular season, and yet, they can't win in the playoffs. They lost to the eighth-seeded Ducks in six games in the Western Conference quarterfinals.
After going 5-3 in the first round, here are my picks for the conference semifinals.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
The Bruins, the top seed in the East, dispatched the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens in four straight. The Hurricanes stunned the Devils, scoring two goals in the final two minutes of Game 7 to beat the Devils.
Will the momentum from that game be enough to overtake the Bruins? Maybe for a game, but I believe the Bruins are on a mission to bring the Cup back to Boston for the first time since 1972. Bruins in 5.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Think the NHL isn't salivating over this series? Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. There is a genuine hatred between those players, and the teams.
The Penguins won in six over the Flyers, while the Capitals came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Rangers. This series will be a classic, and will go the distance. Capitals in 7.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Ducks are coming off their emotional upset of the Sharks. Now, they face the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, who hardly broke a sweat against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their four-game sweep.
The Ducks had a nice run, but it ends against the Red Wings. Detroit has too many weapons. Red Wings in 5.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks
The Blackhawks may have not had playoff experience coming into the postseason, but after dispatching the Calgary Flames in six games, they now have the experience.
The Canucks swept the St. Louis Blues, and looked good doing it.
This is a tough series to pick, but I think Canada's last entry in the playoffs will be ousted. Blackhawks in six.