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Wow. What a series. The Lightning won Game 7 last night, ridding ourselves of those OH so loveable Penguins, maintaining a perfect franchise record in Game 7’s, and raising my blood pressure to extremely unhealthy levels in the process. Thanks a lot, Nate Thompson.
Now what? Well, for those of us on this side of things, we’re forced to buy an umbrella and some ear plugs to fend off all the Penguins fans sobbing and moaning that it would’ve been different with Wonder Boy and the Russian.
Beyond that? We’ve got more
golf hockey to play! Sorry, habit for this time of year.
And wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got our best buds the Capitals this round. This growing rivalry gained some traction during the regular season, highlighted by Versus showing the Lightning for the first time ever and Bruce Boudreau spitting out, amongst the crumbs, that Stamkos and Downie dive every 20 seconds.
With all this in mind, I’ve put together a list of the Pros and Cons of meeting the Capitals in the second round.
Pro: You’ll learn everything you could possibly want to know about Alex Ovechkin.
Con: You already knew everything you wanted to know about Alex Ovechkin from every other Versus broadcast the last five years.
Pro: Washington doesn’t have an experienced veteran goalie currently playing some of the best hockey of his career.
Con: They do have like 14 other young dudes who can play goalie at any time.
Pro: Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau is likely to add fuel to the fire with lively, pointed commentary aimed at the Lightning.
Con: Unless you subscribe to the Playboy Channel, you won’t be able to hear a single word of it.
Pro: Alex Ovechkin has had a down year compared to his normal pace, outright slumping at times.
Con: Steven Stamkos has had a down playoffs compared to his normal pace, outright not existing at times.
Con: While I never like to see someone hurt - especially with a head injury – talented defenseman Mike Green will play after his recent re-injury scare blocking a shot with his head.
Pro: That’s the first shot the Capitals have blocked in about five years.
Con: The Caps have an All-Star capable of end to end rushes and scoring from anywhere every time he’s on the ice.
Pro: He’s supposed to be a defenseman.
Pro: The possible line combination of “The Green Wideman Laich Ovechkin Semin” is guaranteed to make you giggle.
Con: The possible line combination of “The Green Wideman Laich Ovechkin Semin” making Mattias Ohlund look like a big dumb oaf is guaranteed not to make you giggle.
Pro: The Capitals have a fan base constructed of extremely knowledgeable fans who boast about their loyalty dating all the way back to 2007.
Con: The Lightning have a fan base constructed of extremely knowledgeable fans who boast about their loyalty dating all the way back to March 7.
Con: The Capitals have qualified for the postseason the past four seasons in a row, largely with their current core of players.
Pro: They’ve got about as much experience playing in the second round as we do.