Praise For Pavel, Sharks Questions, Boston/TampaShareThis
New Puck Daddy: A tribute to Pavel Datsyuk. This was quite fun to write, I think you’ll enjoy it (unless you’ve somehow found a way to dislike Pavel Datsyuk, in which case you need your head rearranged.)
It’s game seven day, hurray!
Prior to the series, I picked the Wings. Since then, I’ve been all over the map trying to figure these two teams out. After game three it was a matter of explaining to myself why the Sharks are so damn good. It was a fairly easy sell – after the team’s talented ”big three,” guys like Couture, Setoguchi, Pavelski and Clowe are terrific “secondary” scorers some teams would be happy to call their top guys.
And now I find myself having to figure out why aren’t the Sharks a better team, because it was so easy to convince myself they were in cruise control.
Marleau has taken his lumps since Roenick shone the bright light of TV on him, and deservedly so. But it has to go deeper than one players failings (when you have like, six guys that are expected to produce offensively, it’s inevitable one or two might not tear it up, there’s only so much puck do go around).
I dunno, it’s fairly bizarre. Interesting to see what happens if they find a way to not advance tonight. But, winning heals everything, and a clean slate with a conference finals boost would certain cauterize any wounds.
It’s almost time for Tampa Bay/Boston to fire up their Eastern Conference final, so some thoughts on that:
For starters, I think it really hurts Boston that they’ll be without Patrice Bergeron – I’ve lauded praise on their offensive depth in the past (while at the same time pointed out they don’t really have a stud), but it’s in the faceoff circle and the d-zone that his absence will be felt.
By the way, thought that just popped into my head before I carry on: Tampa has four (three for sure) players who would be the top offensive player on Boston (if Simon Gagne were healthy), and the Bruins outscored them as a team this year. Describes how they go about business nicely I think.
Anyway, without Bergeron, the series gets tighter. Tampa looked to be in machine mode against Washington on top of that, and there’s reason to believe that with the ever-underrated Dwayne Roloson in net, that they should be able to give the Bruins fits.
That said, I think it’s Boston’s time. This team suffered through a playoff collapse last year and desperately patched the holes before trade deadline, which I think they accomplished nicely.
Here’s a big secret too: Tomas Kaberle doesn’t suck. He’s not going to struggle like this forever, meaning it can only get better for him (the way it got better for Lucic after a slow first round). He hasn’t played at playoff pace in awhile, give him a hot sec.
It’s going to be a battle, but in the end, my money is on the B’s. I’ll say it goes seven, just to demonstrate how serious I am about it not being a walk for them.
It should be a fun series, things are shaping up nicely for the matchups!