Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Sens Spectacular Demise and the Rest of the Playoffs

The Senators officially became the first team out of the NHL playoffs after their Game 4 loss at the hands of the Penguins. This being the same Senator team that started 15-2 and was proclaimed the best team like ever. Then Ray Emery showed up and they went to hell. It was a goalie ping-pong in where neither goalie was good enough to get the job done and the team kept losing until finally they settled into the 7 seed. Where they kindly got swept out by the Penguins. Even the Bruins are giving the Canadians a hard time by winning game 5. This says a lot about the Sens and the team as a whole. It was basically the same team that went to the Finals with the main three of Spezza, Heatley, and Alfredsson all in tact. Brian Murray became GM and John Paddock was hired, he didnt work and was fired halfway during the season for Brian Murray who couldnt stop the speeding train of doom either. It will be interesting to see what management does about this during the off-season.

As for the rest of the playoffs, I have not paid as much attention as I should but I do know that the Predators are looking good again after chasing Hasek out in the first last night, the Bruins are still grasping for straws after beating Montreal in Montreal, the Sharks looked ten times better in Game 4 after holding the Flames to only 10 shots in the whole game, the Wild and Avalanche are still hating each other as well as the Flyers and Capitals. It would also be really nice to see the Ducks lose in the first round with their in season additions that really should never be allowed. As of writing this, the Stars were up 3-0 in Game 4 of that series. As a prediction as well, and I swear I am writing this during the intermission of overtime, but I would place really good money on Briere scoring the game winner in the second overtime ala the Flyers series in 2005. And then Sabres fans all around will have their heads spin and pea soup coming out of their mouth.

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