On one hand I should take Washington as an upset pick. I like Brayden Holtby as a netminder, and losing starters Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth could be the best thing for the Capitals. Could Holtby be another Ken Dryden? Or, for the purposes of round one, at least Steve Penney?
Salvaging their horrendous season by upsetting the Stanley Cup champs would be a great narrative. But let's face it - that is unlikely. The Boston Bruins are the better team, and will knock out the Capitals. But I do expect a big series from Alexander Ovechkin.
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