I never thought the extended time off was a good thing except to heal the wounded. Like maybe Chara. The Bruins are sitting back watching the Blues and Sharks beat each other up. It has not gotten real nasty yet. But today that could change
Frustrating for Jackets fans as well: Two years ago they lost to the Penguins in the first round, the Pens won the cup. last year they lost to the Caps who won the cup, if the Bruins win this year it will be three cosnecutibe years losing to the eventual cup winner which I am sure happens on rare occasions but is damn frustrating. As mentioned about the Leafs at least you can say you lost to the cup champ but that doesn't go very far......
WoW, hard to argue with the Bruins being the favorites at this point. Playing the Blues, with their style, has taken a a physical toll on the Sharks. Even if they get there, if Karlsson isn't close to 100%, they have a less than good chance to win it at this point. As far as the Leafs go, you guys need to add some physicality ans snarl to your game. One more physical forward and d-man and I think your Leafs can beat Boston. Gotta add size.
The sheen is going to come off the Bruins.
There are quite a few guys playing way over their heads right now. The entire 4th line, the 3rd pairng...i know they can skate, if San Jose gets through they have the roster to beat the Bruins.
I can't see the line of Nordstrom, Acciari, and Kuraly continuing to lead the team in scoring the way they did in games 1-3.
The Blues will have a harder time matching up, they will have the same problems as the 'canes with the B's overall depth.
I thought this was going to be about lamenting the Raycroft/Rask trade...Rask is playing out of his mind and the best of his career i think.
Leads the NHL with a 942% 1.84 gaa and 12 wins.
Imagine what might have been....instead of going with Justin Pogge....yikes...
I looked at a list of the top 25 worst trades in Leafs history and I truly believe the Tuukka Rask trade has to be #1 because the list doesn't factor in how the traded player came back to harm the Leafs -- it only looks at their career performance in general.
Rask has wiped out the Leafs THREE TIMES now in recent playoff memory. His performance has hurt the Leafs more than Scott Niedermayer, Lindros, or any other missed opportunity draft pick or traded star ever did to Toronto.