Playoff Prediction Project Part 3

Jonathan Willis
May 14 2011 10:45AM

It’s time for the conference finals. In the East, Dwayne Roloson has been arguably the best player of this post-season, back-stopping the Lightning to a third-round battle with the Boston Bruins. Out west, it’s a championship of chokers as the much-maligned Canucks will face the San Jose Sharks.

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May 13 2011 08:44PM

Word out of New York tonight is that Rangers Forward Derek Boogaard has passed away suddenly.

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Jason Gregor
May 13 2011 08:40PM

If Patrice Bergeron is out for more than the first two games, the Bruins will be in tough against the Lightning. Bergeron has been great, and if he is out then the Nathan Horton line will have to carry more of the load. Horton's line was dominant against Philly, and it will be interesting to see if Eric Brewer and Matthias Ohlund can control that line starting Saturday.

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May 13 2011 06:03PM

Did you honestly think that Tampa Bay was going to beat Washington in the second round of the playoffs this year? You dirty rotten liar. No one thought Tampa Bay was going to win. How dare you sully the good name of this website with all of your falsehoods?

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Series Preview: Canucks/Sharks

Cam Davie
May 13 2011 09:17AM

"I don't wanna look. Is the puck back there? Don't tell me! Aw crap. There it is."
"Whoop there it is! Whoop there it is! There's more a-comin, Niemi."
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Image)

The Vancouver Canucks are playing in a Conference Final series for only the third time in their history. The San Jose Sharks are playing in a Conference Final series for only the third time in their history. The only difference is that the Canucks took 40 years to do, while the Sharks took only half that time. Both the Sharks and Canucks have been much maligned for their lack of playoff success recently despite strong lineups. One of these teams will move on to fight for hockey's Holy Grail, and the other will mire in another season of failure and months of questions to answer.

So which team takes the big leap to hockey's final battle?

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