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Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: Flyers vs. Bruins

*Click here to see full-sized graphic* The final series of the second round almost needs no introduction. After four meetings against each other in the seventies, it took 32 years for the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins to meet in the playoffs once again. And when they did, it definitely ended up being memorable. The then-third place Bruins faced off against the seventh place Flyers in the 2010 semifinals, and quickly put up a 3-0 series lead against the Pennsylvania team. They would see that lead dwindle and fade away, and the series head to a seventh game. We all know that 0-3 comebacks in the NHL don’t happen that often, but it was on everyone’s mind. Well, the Bruins wer...

Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: Caps vs. Bolts

Click here to see full-sized graphic The Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning have taken road to the Eastern Conference Semifinals that are both different and similar in certain ways. It was a season of catharsis for both teams. The Capitals lost a personally embarrassing series to the Montreal Canadiens last year, and head coach Bruce Boudreau decided that wasn’t going to happen again, putting in place a defensive system that would limit, maybe even stifle the offensive output of the amazing European talent on that team, but also ensure that they wouldn’t lose when they didn’t have to. The result was another successful regular season and Eastern Conference title, an...

Western Conference Semifinal Preview: Sharks vs. Red Wings

Click here to see full-sized graphic It was only a year ago that these two teams met in the exact same round of the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks had won the Western Conference during the regular season, but the Red Wings had finished an uncharacteristic 5th place in the conference. San Jose had defeated the Avalanche in six games, while the Wings had gone the distance with the Coyotes and were spent. The end result? The Sharks would defeat the Wings in that year, 4 games to 1. But despite this, it took them four one goal games to get it done, and the one game the Wings won, well, it was a 7-1 blowout. As we all know, the Sharks would go on to the Western finals to get swept by the soon-...

Western Conference Semifinal Preview: Canucks vs. Predators

Click here to see full-sized graphic The President Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks look to avoid the hangover from defeating their long-time rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, in an emotional seven-game series that had everything from injuries, to suspensions, to returns, to blow outs and even a few jobs on the line. Unfortunately, standing in the way are the Nashville Predators, a rugged, hard working team with a Vezina candidate and a Norris candidate ensuring that it won’t be easy for Canada’s only remaining team. Can the Canucks prevail, or will the Predators surprise everyone once again? Blogger Showdown: Jonathan Szekeres, James Edgington vs. Greg Duley Related Posts: - Na...

Broadcasting Unprofessionalism at its Worst

Forget that I’m a Flyers fan. Forget that the Flyers are going up against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Semifinal round. Forget about all of that for a second. The following argument is based solely on professionalism in broadcasting. In case you didn't know what I do, I’m a hockey broadcaster for Millersville University’s hockey team, and a counselor at Scholastic Play by Play Camps. These camps teach kids the art of sportscasting through people who have done it before (such as myself) and actual professionals in the business. I’m a proud graduate of this camp. As a hockey broadcaster, I was taught over and over again that professionalism should come first. The...

Conference Semifinal Preview - Can it Top the First Round?

By Scott Lowe Well, somehow I managed to go seven-for-eight with my first-round picks, nailing the correct number of games in two of the series. Not sure how that happened, because halfway through I thought I might get three or four right at best. Only missed on the Red Wings, but that was a huge swing and a miss. Detroit came out with much more energy than I expected and sustained it. Of course who knew that Bryzgalov would become a sieve or that Phoenix would try to run and gun with the skilled Wings? Ah, the beauty of postseason hockey. So, instead of leaving well-enough alone, here goes for Round 2: Western Conference Semifinal Predictions Vancouver (1) vs. Nashville (5) It rema...

2011 Conference Semifinals Preview

With my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins now eliminated from Stanley Cup contention (and free to rest their healing stars without outsiders clamouring for a Sidney Crosby return to make a full-fledged Cup run at the risk of his long-term career and health), the time has come to analyze the upcoming second round of playoff hockey. If it's even half as entertaining as the first round was, hockey fans worldwide are in for a treat, full of pulse-pounding, heart-stopping action that only the Stanley Cup Playoffs can provide. ----- EASTERN CONFERENCE ----- #1 Washington Capitals vs. #5 Tampa Bay Lightning Washington's offensive firepower will be too much for the Lightning to handle, who will e...

Second-Round Playoff Preview

With the first round over, it's time for Round 2. EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS ( 1 ) Washington Capitals vs. ( 5 ) Tampa Bay Lightning This is the second playoff series between Washington and Tampa Bay. 2003, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Tampa Bay wins series 4-2 ( 2 ) Philadelphia Flyers vs. ( 3 ) Boston Bruins This is the sixth playoff series between Philadelphia and Boston. 1974, Stanley Cup Finals: Philadelphia wins series 4-2 1976, League Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1 1977, League Semifinals: Boston wins series 4-0 1978, League Semifinals: Boston wins series 4-1 2010, Eastern Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-3, having overcome an 0-3 se...

First Round Goaltending Match Ups

As most everyone knows from my goaltending blogs, i am a goaltender at heart. So I figured I would do a goaltending playoff preview, because the truth is a goaltender can steal the cup if he is good enough or at least bring a team close to it. Roy did with Montreal, Giguere did it twice for Anaheim, Ward did it for Carolina, and Roloson almost did it with Edmonton. Goaltending is probably the most important aspect for any team to succeed in the playoffs and this year isn't any different. When going down the matchups for this years first round, Goaltending battles will be key. I am going to preview each matchup and talk about what each goaltender will need to do to carry their team ...

TCL Staff Predictions: Round 1 - Eastern Conference

Earlier today, we looked at the TCL Staff's predictions for the four series in the Western Conference. The opinions were varied, and opinions lively. Now, we look at the four series in the Eastern conference. Once again, there were many different opinions, including one series that had no consensus (can you guess which series that is?). Check out our predictions and thoughts, and leave your thoughts in the comments below! ------------------------------------- WESTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS ------------------------------------- (1) WASHINGTON CAPITALS vs. ( 8 ) NEW YORK RANGES The eight place New York Rangers squeezed into the playoffs in the final days of the season...