(1) Washington vs. (5) Tampa Bay
My Pick: Caps in 6
Reality: Lightning in 4
So it's good night for Ovechkin and the Capitals, thanks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. What can I say? I underestimated the power of the trap. But Sean Burgenheim? Wow. That guy is playing like he has to sign a contract after each period.
(2) Philadelphia vs. (3) Boston
My Pick: Bruins in 5
Reality: Bruins in 4
"Philly will not get away with juggling 3 goalies this time. If they don't settle on one, I pick a short series," I said, and was not wrong. That wasn't the only thing that killed Philly:Thomas was great and took away their chances, Pronger slouched around out there (umm, for one game, Collision points out, I guess I was recalling his performance against Buffalo. Need to stop hitting 'publish' pre-coffee) and they just looked unprepared and wholly overwhelmed. Big props to James Van Riemsdyk. Ummm, James? Do you like Vancouver? It's a nice city.
(1) Vancouver vs. (5) Nashville
My Pick: Canucks in 6
Reality: Canucks in 6
After I made this pick, I wanted to change it to 5, cuz game 6 put them on the road. Ah well, no matter,
Canucks Kesler came up big, and here we are headed to the Conference finals (where, by the way, the Canucks have a perfect record... 2 and 0). Preds are a good team. Rinne is a monster of a goalie, and the defense on that team! Need to cultivate some forwards, but Fisher, Erat, Legwand and Ward are a pretty good start.
(2) San Jose vs. (3) Detroit
My Pick: Wings in 6
Reality: Sharks in 7
"This one is going a minimum of six." Right-o you are, Pierre of two weeks ago. Wrongo, though, you were about the winner. At the start of the series, I was all "Ohhhhh, the Sharks are gonna choke!" And then I was all, "Damn! The Sharks are gonna sweep!" And then it was back to the choke thing, and then I was like, "Ooooooooh! The Sharks narrowly avoided a total collapse!" On the Wings: Pavel Datsyuk is, for lack of a better word fuckingawesome. Von Pylon called him a Herald of Galactus, and I guess he does kind of look like Terrax the Tamer: