Round 2: Bruins vs. Hurricanes


Well, there has been a lot of talk about The Whale around Loge 19 lately so I will stick with the theme (above). After some late heroics in game 7 by Eric Staal and an epic defensive collapse from Fatso and the Devils, the Hurricanes punched their ticket to Beantown. I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I did have the Hurricanes winning in 7 games. I know that an all encompassing knowledge of the league is expected from a Commissioner, but I can’t help but being proud of that pick. Almost as proud of my prediction that the Sharks were going to tank it against the Ducks (too bad I was too much of a Sally to actually put that on the Loge). Either way, the Hurricanes are coming to town and I could not be happier. The Bruins were 4-0 against the Hurricanes this year. They won 4-2, 4-2, 5-1, 5-1. 18 goals for 6 goals against. Looks pretty solid. I would say we have this locked up,  right? Hummm, I guess there are a few other things that may factor into this series:

1) Bruins have not played the Hurricanes since mid Feb. Since that time the Hurricanes are 21-8-2 (including the playoffs). That is a little scary…

2) Eric Staal – guy is sick. He had 40 goals and 35 assists for 75 pts in the regular season and already has 5 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs. Just look at his game winning goal with :31 seconds left:

3) Cam Ward – Great goalie with playoff experience and a ring from 2006. Check out his stats:


4) Rod  ‘The Bod’  Brind’Amour – He is a warrior and a seasoned vet. If the Bruins go down in this series I might have to get some Eric Lindros paraphernalia and wear it to the game. Because….you know….he banged Brind’Amour’s wife

I just cant get over those sandals

I just cant get over those sandals

5) They won a cup in 2006 and still have a bunch of guys that have either won the cup with them or have a ring of their own: Ray Whitney (1), Rod Brind’Amour (1), Matt Cullen (1), Erik Cole (1), Chad LaRose (1), Anton Babchuk (1), Niclas Wallin (1), Frantisek Kaberle (1), Cam Ward (1) (Via: Kynch)


Bruins in 5

Let’s here some other important factors that you guys think will be critical in this series for either team…Comment below!

Here is the series schedule:

#1 vs. #6
Friday, May 1 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
Sunday, May 3 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
Wednesday, May 6 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
Friday, May 8 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
*Sunday, May 10 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Tuesday, May 12 at Carolina, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Thursday, May 14 at Boston, TBD TSN



6 Responses to “Round 2: Bruins vs. Hurricanes”

  1. 1 thekiiid
    April 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    The Bruins are coming off a week of rest while the ‘Canes just ended a series with NJ. I think it’s vital for the Bruins to come out physical. The Hurricanes are beat up from a 7 game series, but, on the other hand, they are in a rhythm of playing. It’s not taxing to skate around and get a good flow, but to have to stop and start takes a lot out of you. If the Bruins let Carolina skate at will, it’s going to be a long series. Boston can roll 4 lines, all physical. Carolina doesn’t really have that luxury. It will take a period for the Bruins to get their game legs underneath them, after that it should be full steam ahead.

  2. 2 commissionerdangle
    April 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    YESSS KIIID. That was one of my hidden factors that I left on the table for someone to identify.

    There are a few more that I am looking for, one in particular that was mentioned on Versus the other night.

    Good work, way to dig those pucks out of the corner.

  3. 3 LPsnipa6
    May 1, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Another important factor is if they can shut down Eric Stall the guy is on a mission right now. I think since he is the older brother he wants to be the first Stall to win the cup. Also, goaltending will be interesting Cam Ward is back to playing the way he did three years ago when the Hurricanes won the cup. Thomas will need to continue to be strong if the Bruins are going to win. I expect a lot of one goal games.

  4. 4 commissionerdangle
    May 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Uhhh LPsnipa6. HE WON THE CUP IN 2006 WITH CAROLINA! Go home. Your comment privileges have been revoked for a week.

    (it would be a 2 week suspension but I didn’t list him as winning it up above. However, I dont take blame for that because I took that from Kynch’s Bruin’s blog. Any true hockey fan knows that he and Cam Ward took them to the Cup in 2006)

    Other factor:
    Home crowd for Carolina. Numerous hockey ‘experts’ (I use that term loosely) have said that the Hurricanes one of the loudest buildings in the NHL

  5. 5 thekiiid
    May 1, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Carolina does have a good crowd base, but when they realize it’s not Nascar on the oval in front of them, they quiet down. Oh yea, losing helps the fans settle down as well.

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