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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Round Two Almost Over

...and I have improved markedly. 3-for-4 so far!

Last night was the culmination of the series between the Penguins and the Canadiens, a Game Seven, perhaps the very last one at Mellon Arena unless the Pens won. However, the Habs had something else in mind. In the end, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri and Jaroslav Halak proved to be the heroes, and the Habs prevailed, 5-2, ending the defending Stanley Cup champions' reign. There were plenty of cheers, jeers and tears on both sides (especially over the Internet- yikes), yet in the end the No. 8 seed came out on top and will face off against the winner of Boston-Philadelphia. The difference in this series, besides the fact that Jaro Halak has given this team incredibly good chances, was that the players who needed to perform- Gionta, Cammalleri, etc.- did exactly that. In this series, Gio scored five goals, three assists and Cammalleri seven goals, one assist, while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were pretty much stymied with a goal and assist each. That's true performance by the former two.

The only series currently still active is Boston-Philly, and it's come to a Game Seven as well. Whoda thunk it? Boston's back on its heels after giving up a 3-0 series lead, while it looks as though the Flyers have all of the momentum in the world. If they win... I won't know what to do with myself. *bites lip nervously* They remain perhaps the only active playoff team I honestly can't stand. Come on, Bruins.

In other news...

-Sharks win series against Red Wings, 4-2, successfully eliminating any chance of Detroit revisiting the Cup Finals. Thank God. San Jose is doing excellently as of late- maybe we're wrong about them.

- Chicago wins series over Vancouver, 4-2. So the WC finals is going to be a matchup against the #1 and #2 seeded teams. How interesting. Meanwhile, there's all sorts of chaos and mutiny going on in the Eastern Conference. A tale of two cities, indeed- or shall we say two conferences?

Round Three begins Sunday. Stay tuned.

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