The NHL playoffs started last night which is exciting for me as a hockey man. Montreal,Canadiens Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks are fortunate enough to earn a spot too compete for the Stanley Cup. If I have to cheer for a Canadian team it would be the Canadiens as they have made a great one year turnaround in management with GM Marc Bergevin, Head Coach Michel Therrien and the rest of the coaching staff. P.K. Subban, Carey Price will play a big part in leading the charge for Montreal. However hockey is a team game and I hope they go far in the playoffs.
My team however is the Pittsburgh Penguins. No I am not a band wagon fan. Sid Crosby is my favorite player. This team is loaded with talent Marc Andre Fleury,Evgeni Malkin,Chris Kunitz, Jarome Iginla , Chris Letang and the list goes on of this stacked team to make a Cup run. The Chicago Blackhawks have a comparable talented team led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Who know how the playoffs will go their will be upsets, unsung heroes and unbelievable performances by goalies or goal scorers. A two month marathon of endurance to achieve hoisting the Stanley Cup.
So the first round series Montreal vs. Ottawa, Toronto vs. Boston, Pittsburgh vs. NY Islanders and NY Rangers vs Washington should have some intense battles. My pick to advance to the second round are Montreal, Boston, Pittsburgh and the NY Rangers.
So in the Western Conference I am choosing St. Louis Blues over LA Kings. Chicago Blackhawks over Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks over Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks over San Jose Sharks.
We will see how right or wrong I am. Like every hockey fan we all have an opinion on our national game. Looking forward to seeing if Edmonton Oil Kings can beat Portland Winter Hawks to go to the Memorial Cup.
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