Round 3 Predictions here: https://mzrc.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/2015-16-stanley-cup-playoffs-predictions-conference-finals/
(3) San Jose Sharks vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. Ben Bishop went down in game 1 but that didn’t stop them from pushing the Pens to the brink of elimination, going down 3-2 going into Tampa, after a silly decision to start Fleury in game 5. I don’t care who you are – when a goalie hasn’t played since at least mid-April, no matter who they are, you do NOT start them in favor of the goalie who has been playing the entire playoffs for you. The Pens lost game for but Matt Murray didn’t lose his net, so……????? Dumb idea.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games. Wasn’t it me who told you that the Blues were not unbeatable? Didn’t I say that a Blues Cup win was anything but inevitable? I feel like I said that literally any team left could beat the Blues. Any of them. I said that right? Because I know I said that. Silly Blues fans thought they accomplished something by beating the Hawks. YOU BEAT THEM BY A GOAL. THAT COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY. PLAY THAT SERIES TEN TIMES, EACH TEAM WINS IT FIVE TIMES. OR THE HAWKS WIN IT MORE. THE HAWKS BLEW IT AND BEAT THEMSELVES, YOUR ELIMINATION HERE PROVES THAT. YOU LET DALLAS HAVE A CHANCE TO ELIMINATE YOU WHEN YOU SHOULD HAVE REMOVED THEM IN FIVE GAMES. SAN JOSE SHUT YOU OUT FOR 2.5 GAMES! YOU WERE LUCKY TO WIN GAME 1! WHY THE HELL DID YOU START JAKE ALLEN? YOU ONLY HAVE ONE GUY! AND HE BARELY SCORED IN THIS SERIES! I WOULD TELL YOU TO DIE BUT YOU’RE ALREADY DEAD. OH AND YOUR GOALIE SUCKS NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE SAY HE PROVED ALL THE NAYSAYERS WRONG. HE’S BARELY BETTER THAN DUBNYK.
So, Sharks vs. Penguins. James Reimer vs. Phil Kessel. Ok not really but they are on opposing teams here! As much as I will be happy for Kessel if he wins, I am obviously rooting for the Sharks. So many years that they choked early on and now they’re finally here. They beat the Kings in the first round, ridding themselves of the stigma of getting reverse swept by them two years ago. Then they missed the playoffs. They had John Scott and Raffi Torres for a while. The dark ages. They beat the Blues to get here too, who are the new Sharks in terms of choking. The Sharks definitely had the tougher road to get here – hell, I predicted they wouldn’t get out of the first round. And now they’re in the Finals. Made quick work of the Kings, had a little trouble with the Preds, and removed the team everyone thought was going to win the Cup once Chicago beat themselves. The Pens made quick work of the Rangers to no surprise, did take out the Capitals which is a nice feat, and had some difficulty with the Lightning – a Ben Bishopless Lightning. Definitely the easier road. I’m certainly not going to count either team out here, but I have to Sharks bias this one. GO SHARKS GO.
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