The Boston Bruins hope to knock off the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in game 6. History suggests they will win the series either tonight or in game 7. Teams holding a 3-2 series lead in Conference Finals history win 82% of the time.
Tampa Goalie Dwayne Roloson may have something to say about that. Roli is 6-0 in elimination games in his career. The only goalie to have a better record? Chico Resch at 7-0.
Here's some more pre-game puck thoughts:
- In their history Tampa is an impressive 2-2 when trailing a series 3 games to 2. They've already turned the trick once this year, coming back against Pittsburgh in round one.
- I love the way they play, and they have some easy to like personnel, but there's some thought that Tampa is starting to run out of gas. They are this year's Cinderella team. Unfortunately, the clock almost always strikes 12 on Cinderella in sports. Don't take that to mean Boston will win this series by any means, though.
- Boston has some real villains - Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton - all big monsters. Throw in the best goalie in the league in Tim Thomas and the most underrated superstar in the league in Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins are for real.
- Vancouver fans - pick your poison. Who would you rather face in the finals? The Bruins scare me because they have the size that San Jose used to give the Canucks trouble at times, but they are far more menacing in their application of that size. Thomas is the best goalie, Chara is arguably the best defenseman. I have not put enough thought into it yet, but while I think I would favor Vancouver over Tampa in the Final, I'm not yet prepared to pick between the Canucks and Bruins.
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