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NHL Playoffs


Jupiteranium

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Eastern Conference Finals--Montreal v. Philadelphia

The Flyers look ready to dominate. After coming back from their deficit last series, the Flyers feel like they cannot lose. The Canadians are buying into the Flyers attitude, they seem to be playing timid. Choking under pressure is a good way to put it. Montreal needs to regain its composure if they want to comeback. Losing two games by such large margins, back-to-back is not good for the self esteem of any team. Mentally, I feel they are not in the right place they need to be to win; physically, they are worn down and are being outplayed. The Flyers are doing everything right and as long as they continue to work and believe they will win it all, they will.

Western Conference Finals--San Jose v. Chicago

San Jose has 6 good face off men, big, strong forwards, and can skate up and down the ice all night. They are good in moving the puck in transition and have played the first two games at home. Despite all this, they have lost the first 2 games in the series. So what is going on? Chicago is controlling the game. They set the tempo, the speed, and they set how the game is going to be played. Chicago is doing a good job of disrupting San Jose's offense and is not turning down the pressure. If the Sharks continue to allow Chicago to dominate how the game will be played, they do not stand a chance of getting back into the series. Chicago has one of the most complete teams left in the playoffs and they will continue to build on their success.

Who will win? I think the Flyers. They feel like they are already the champions, and after coming back from such a large deficit in the semis, they cannot help but feel that they are destined to win.

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I can't help but cheer for the Habs, it's only the second time in my lifetime they make the Conference final (the first time I wasn't even a year old yet).

They're pretty screwed though now. <_<

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The Hawks are taking it all. Niemi is playing strong, and the rest of the team is skating circles around the Sharks, despite playing in the Shark Tank, (admittedly, the Hawks have won seven straight games on the road) supposedly the most intimidating rink in the league. If we can win a home game, its all over for the Sharks.

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The Hawks are taking it all. Niemi is playing strong, and the rest of the team is skating circles around the Sharks, despite playing in the Shark Tank, (admittedly, the Hawks have won seven straight games on the road) supposedly the most intimidating rink in the league. If we can win a home game, its all over for the Sharks.

Fellow Blackhawks fan? $%&@ yeah.

Also I agree with everything Zilla said. San Jose is no slouch but right now they are trying to beat Chicago at Chicago's game: Speed and puck possession. It's not going to happen. In my non-expert opinion, they may have wanted to take a page from Nashville and play the trap. Chicago struggled against them because of it. Also, Niemi reaching prime form right now? Perfect.

Chicago wins WFC in 5 and SCF against Flyers in 6; Flyers will give them hell, but will fall.

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And as a Leaf fan, I come here to agree - the Blackhawks are taking the cup this year.

Even during the regular season I just loved watching the Blackhawks, ever since that game early on in the season where they pounded the leafs (though really, who DIDN'T pound us early on?). Their speed is unmatched by any other team as far as I can tell, they have power, and they control the game any time they play. I can see Philidalpheia beating them if they play hard and land a few good, hard hits early in the series to scare the blackhawks into watching their steps. But I've yet to see a single thing slow them down, so this would be quite a challenge for ANYONE to pull off.

As for their goalie, Niemi may not be the best in the world but he certainly doesn't buckle under pressure. The saves he made in the first game were just RIDICULOUS, and I've heard he played just as well in the second game too. While I do like the Sharks as well, they've had their chance to win the past few years - it's Chicago's turn this time around.

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As a Leafs fan, I have found the playoffs to be a depressing time of the year since I was a child. But as to the teams left....

I have to support the Habs.

The only thing keeping me afloat as a Bruins fan is the knowledge that it sucks worse to be a Leafs fan. Thanks for Taylor Hall, Mr. Burke. Call us anytime!

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Chicago is likely gonna take it all. I hate even typing that as a Detroit fan. The thought of that sorry Hossa skating around the ice with the Cup sickens me.

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Chicago is likely gonna take it all. I hate even typing that as a Detroit fan. The thought of that sorry Hossa skating around the ice with the Cup sickens me.

There is also the possibility he might set some kind of record for being the only person to lose 3 Cup Finals in a row with 3 different teams.

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I don't see Flyers stopping their playing talent at the moment. So Canadiens are probably going to be out this series but there is still a chance for them to come back. Tonight is definitely an important game.

I don't really like the Sharks and I love the Blachawks so Blachawks are going to be hopefully taking the two wins in their arena and end the series quickly.

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Game three--Habs finally scored. Other than the one goal, Leighton has been playing a pretty good game. Habs D is looking pretty solid so far, let's see if they can turn the series around.

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Habs won but still trailing 2-1 in the series. If you base it on their previous series, in the first two games they played at home they always won one and lost the other... so will Flyers go back home Saturday with a 3-1 lead or a 2-2 tie?

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I honestly think they go back tied 2-2. Halak looked great tonight and I think he has put those first two games behind him. That is the one thing miemi has over Huet (besides being able to stop a beach ball), the ability to let go of bad games or goals.

Even though I am a Hawks homer, I think San Jose steals tomorrow and the Hawks close it in 5.

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