Well, the 3rd round has been completed and its going to be the Hawks and Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final. Hawks in 6.
The Hawks demolished the Sharks in 4 straight, and looked good doing it. Toews is a beast. As is Keith. As for the Sharks, I don’t think they choked this year. Getting to the conference finals is no small thing. They just had the unfortunate luck of getting there at the same time as this Blackhawk juggernaut.
The Flyers ended up making quick work of the surprising Habs, winning it in 5 (and all but one of the games wasn’t really even close). I honestly think that Halak just started to get tired, and couldn’t keep the team in this series. On the Flyers Richards, Briere and Giroux had a pretty dominating series up front while on D the Philly top 4 shut down everything the Habs had. And no one can argue the talent that Pronger has. Dude gets his teams to the finals.
As mentioned above, I’m calling the Hawks in 6 but that’s just because I think the Flyers will make it interesting late (It will be 3-1 and the Flyers win game 5). I think the teams stack up well against each other (equal in goal, both have top notch top 4 D) but the difference will be the forwards. Hawks have Toews, Kane, Hossa, Byfuglien, Sharp, Bolland and Versteeg etc. Flyers have Richards, Briere, Giroux, Gagne and Carter. And that will be the difference (and now looking at it, its not much of a difference). But that’s my opinion.
And in the pool, gr8one is number 1 (damn it, I knew I should have picked Leighton!), I’m 1 point back in second with Racki and Trogdor in 11th and 18th respectively. I’m thinking the final round should be interesting as I think a bunch of people chose Sharks and Habs.
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