There are three game sevens in the first round and Washington is in Boston tonight to kick it off.
The Bruins are heavy favorites by virtue of the second seed and defending Cup Champions but the Caps have proven to be a formidable opponent by virtue of the arrival of Braydon Holtby.
Historically the Caps have not fared well in game sevens, while the Bruins won three in last years Cup run.
Bold prediction: Bruins win 4-1 in convincing fashion.
Devils win last night in over time was exciting but the Devils out shot the Panthers 42/16. That is a staggering margin! Brodeur allowed two goals off 16 shots.
Panthers starter Jose Theodore was a late scratch due to injury and Scott Clemmensen a former back up to Brodeur got the start. After allowing a soft goal he settled down to make some big saves late in the game.
Travis Zajac, who scored the winning goal in overtime, missed a major chunk of the season with an Achilles injury. Earlier in the game after a draw he looked like he re-injured his Achilles and left the game. Fortunately he returned shortly after. Zajac was a significant factor the entire game.
The NHL announced the finalists for two more awards yesterday.
The finalists for GM of the year are Doug Armstrong (St. Louis Blues), David Poile (Nashville Predators), and Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers)
My vote has to go to Tallon. Biggest impact in shortest time frame. Honorable mention to Flyers Paul Holmgren for his bold moves that will pay dividends for years to come.
The finalists for the Bill Masterton award (Perseverance and dedication to hockey) are Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), and Max Paciorety (Montreal Canadiens)
My vote goes to the obvious choice here, Lupul. His career was all but over as he was a throw in to Toronto. I believe the Leafs were forced to take Lupul from Anaheim as a condition of the trade. He had some serious, life threatening in fact. In his first full season in Toronto he has an All-Star season. Amazing!
Joe Corvo is cleared to play tonight's game seven.
Flyers Andreji Meszaros, and Nick Grossman are back in practice and should be ready early in round two.
Florida Panthers should have Jason Garrison back for game seven.