Clearly, this year’s National Hockey League playoffs have been the most excting of the last decade. Two cinderella stories are competing for the Eastern Conference Crown, while the West’s Best battle it out for the Clarence S. Campbell Trophy. Here’s who I think will battle for the ultimate prize.
(7) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (8) Montreal Canadiens
My oh my, hasn’t this been a pleasant surprise. Two teams that weren’t even expected to make it past the first round, now with the chance to go to the Stanley Cup Final. The Flyers wrote their names in history, becoming the first team in professional sports by coming back from a 3-0 deficit in their series against the Bruins and in Game 7. They’re emotionally and physically drained, while the Habs have the pressure of Canada on their backs. Just like in 06 when the Oilers beat the Ducks en route to the finals, same thing happens here.
Canadiens in 5
Series MVP: Tomas Plekanec
(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (2) Chicago Blackhawks
The polar opposite of the East, the expected teams to battle it out will battle it out. San Jose has finally seemed to shed their choker label, while the Blackhawks yet again defeated their foe Canucks in 6 games. Both team have rested for quite some time. In such an even series like this, what can determine it is who’s the hungrier. And that clearly to me is San Jose. Just like Ottawa in 07, the Sharks go on. I still am hoping Dany Heatley gets murdered by Jonathan Toews.
Sharks in 7
Series MVP: Evgeni Nabokov