Bring on the Sharks
With the Wings now out of the picture, the only thing standing in our way to the quest for the Cup is the San Jose Sharks. Now, 3 years ago, that would have been just as bad as the guys from Hockeytown, but not as of late. We have definitely had the Sharks number this year, and thanks to our Finnish goalie, we stole Game 1 in the Shark Tank right away from the conference leaders. And that felt good.
Now, one game is nowhere near a best of 7 series, so we’ll see how the good guys come out for game 2. I will say, however, regardless of where the series stands coming back to Chicago on Friday, we better be ready to take our two games on home ice and restore the dominance at the UC that lead us to the Central Division lead in the first half of the season.
Cinderella or Her Sister?
Or did she only have ugly stepsisters?
Anyway, what’s more fascinating than the Best of the West with the 2 top seeds still standing is the 7th and 8th seeds in the East reaching their conference’s final series. And with no easy effort, either. The Canadiens needed 7 games each to knock off both the Presidents Trophy winner and the defending Stanley Cup Champions, while Philly game back against all odds to win 4 straight after Boston took a 3-0 lead in Round 2.
So, should the Hawks take care of the fish, who would we rather see? First of all, I hope the Conference Finals in the East goes 7 games just so whichever team standing is that more drained come the finals. Of the two, I think Montreal would make a good Stanley Cup opponent if nothing else than for the Original Six matchup I talked about during our Round 2 picks.
This is definitely the best time of the year for hockey, especially with our team still in the hunt. Forgive me for not carrying out the latest coaching rumors with the Cubs or Sox and their lousy starts this season because, well, I don’t really care. :P
It’s all about hockey, baby. Always has been, always will be.