NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Final Rounds

May 16th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
Amazingly, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are only half-way done. Yet only four teams remain, and this seems as good a time as any to pick the rest of the way...


Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens

This was literally the only way the playoffs could have gone for Philly to have home ice. The East has blazed new trails this year, which partially excuses my atrocious 1-5 record in Eastern Conference predictions...take this one for what it is worth.

Montreal became the first eighth seed to rally from a 3-1 deficit, then became the first team to beat the President's Trophy winner and defending Stanley Cup champions in the same year. They have done so without their best defenceman and arguably most talented player, Andrei Markov.

Philadelphia became just the third team to rally from a 3-0 series deficit, and did it by rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the final game, as well.

They have even more perseverance, having done without Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Ian Laperriere, and their original top two goalies at times this spring. Then the goalie they had been using went down just after their top choice was healthy ...

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