In a series that was initially billed to be a goaltender’s duel, there sure have been a lot of goals scored in the Eastern Conference Final. With Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas showcasing styles about as far removed from your standard butterfly goaltender as you can get, the Bruins and Bolts have seemingly taken this as a cue to play 80′s-style hockey. 41 goals have been scored in their 6-game series. 41!
Wednesday’s spirited affair saw the Bruins fall just short of a stunning comeback, as the Tampa Bay Lightning forced a Game 7 back in Boston. This means the Canucks will need to wait for the results of tonight’s match-up to see who their Stanley Cup Final opponent will be.
But which team would be a better opponent for the Canucks to face? PITB investigates, in another segment of This Guy or This Guy.
Reasons to want Tampa Bay to win tonight are marked with their logo and vice versa.
Tim Thomas has been stunning, leading all goalies who have played more than one round in save percentage.
Tim Thomas has a tendency to overplay the initial shot, leaving the net wide open if the player with the puck is somehow capable of making incredible passes through a goalie’s legs. Good thing for him that no one in the NHL can do that.
Tim Thomas has a 3-0 record against the Canucks in his career, has 2 shutouts and has only allowed 1 goal against. That gives him a 0.33 GAA and .990 SV%.
This save percentage is somewhat inflated by the fact that a number of those shots were taken by Lukas Krajicek, Steve Bernier, Jason Krog, Taylor Pyatt, Josh Green, and Jan Bulis.
Martin St. Louis also has the worst plus/minus of the playoffs at -8. Imagine if he had a twin brother with whom one could combine his plus/minus rating.
The Lightning are coached by a Bond villain.
They’ve been able to pad that percentage against the woeful Boston powerplay: the team ahead of the Lightning is the Montreal Canadiens, with a 100% penalty kill rating from their first round against the Bruins.
The Bruins more than make up for it at even-strength, where they have been dominant. They’d likely do better on the powerplay if Tomas Kaberle had a tea-party with Tim Thomas while the rest of the team played 4-on-4.
All you have to do to shut down Brad Marchand is suggest Dr. Claw and M.A.D. Cat are up to no good, and he’ll sprout a helicopter out of his helmet and fly out the door. Joke explained: Marchand is Inspector Gadget.
Tanner Glass should make short work of the the Bruins’ mascot.
Placed in opposition to Zdeno Chara, the Canucks will finally be able gain the support of at least part of Eastern Canada.
The involved Vancouver media may exhaust the Lightning, who aren’t used to anyone but Damian Cristodero showing up for their media scrums.
Pfft. The city of Boston never wins anything.
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