Eastern Conference Game 6 Previews

4/25/10 in NHL   |   hartley51592   |   2462 respect

Monday features two huge games in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first, featured on Versus (7 PM eastern), has the top seeded Washington Capitals looking to close out their series against the home standing Montreal Canadiens. The second pits the Boston Bruins against the Buffalo Sabres with the Bruins hoping to complete the semi-upset on home ice.

In the 1-8 matchup, goaltending has been a hot topic between both teams. Jose Theodore started in net for the Capitals but was replaced in Game 2 after allowing 2 goals on the first 2 shots he faced. Replacing Theodore was last season's surprise rookie goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov gave some stability to a wavering Capitals defense, which won the game 6-5 in overtime. He has remained in net up to this point in the series. For Montreal, Jaroslav Halak earned his way to becoming the starting goalie over a one-time phenom in Carey Price. Halak, Slovakia's goalie in the Winter Olympics, helped the Habs to a 1-0 series lead, but he too was sub-par in Game 2. Heading back to Montreal, rumors ran rampant about which goalie would start Game 3. Halak started, but the Canadiens lost. Game 4 saw Price take to the net, but again Montreal lost. Hoping the one game benching would get Halak's attention, head coach Jacques Martin put the Slovak back in net for Game 5. Halak stymied the high flying Caps, forcing a Game 6. Both teams are sure to be ready for this crucial game. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Cammalleri have led their respective teams in scoring and hope for some playoff heroics to either lead their team to round 2 or force a Game 7.

Northeast Division rivals Buffalo and Boston, the 3-6 matchup, have made for one heck of a series. Goalies Ryan Miller (Buffalo) and Tuukka Rask (Boston), who finished either at the top or among the leaders in almost every significant goaltending category, have stolen the show in the series. Rask, a rookie, has been especially good. I would have said surprising here, but his teammates totally expected the young Finnish star to be calm, cool, and collected. Everyone who followed the Olympics knows about Ryan Miller. In a silver medal effort, Miller earned the tournament MVP. As for offense, these two teams somewhat struggled to come by a lot of it in the regular season. Boston finished dead last in the NHL in goals scored. Unfortunately for Buffalo, leading scorer Thomas Vanek was lost in Game 2 after crashing into the boards following a legal defense play by Bruins' defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Vanek's status is uncertain for Game 6. Possibly the best game of the playoffs (before Pittsburgh and Ottawa's triple OT game) came last Wednesday in Boston where former Sabre Miroslav Satan scored the game-winning power play goal in the second overtime. Leading centerman Patrice Bergeron and Derek Roy hope to spark their team to victory, and in Bergeron's case, a series ending victory.

Both series have been fantastic so far, and these two Game 6's should be no different.
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5/3/10   |   flybyeangel33   |   245 respect

flybyeangel33 wrote:
Guess its pittsburgh philly is out! Goooooooooooooooooooooo Pens, I wanna meet the capitals so we can beat Gonchars azzzzzzzz,LOL.

LOL I know my bad, im sort of new to the hockey world but im steadily catching on here.Goooooooo Pens.

4/29/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

flybyeangel33 wrote:
Guess its pittsburgh philly is out! Goooooooooooooooooooooo Pens, I wanna meet the capitals so we can beat Gonchars azzzzzzzz,LOL.

Philly is still playing, they were the first team to move on, knocking off the Devils in 5 games.

4/27/10   |   flybyeangel33   |   245 respect

Guess its pittsburgh philly is out! Goooooooooooooooooooooo Pens, I wanna meet the capitals so we can beat Gonchars azzzzzzzz,LOL.

4/27/10   |   annabanana528

annabanana528 wrote:
i will

awesome

4/27/10   |   annabanana528

hartley51592 wrote:
Thanks! And I'm so happy for the Bruins. They move on just in time for Savard to return to the lineup. Be ready Pittsburgh or Philly!

i will

4/27/10   |   hartley51592   |   2462 respect

Debi_L wrote:
STUNNED would be my description - the Capitals couldn't put away the Habs and it all comes down to Game 7, and the Boston Bruins - my favorite childhood team, elimiated the Buffalo Sabres WOW some freaking awesome hockey going on this year.

BTW Great write up Matty!!

Thanks! And I'm so happy for the Bruins. They move on just in time for Savard to return to the lineup. Be ready Pittsburgh or Philly!

4/26/10   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

STUNNED would be my description - the Capitals couldn't put away the Habs and it all comes down to Game 7, and the Boston Bruins - my favorite childhood team, elimiated the Buffalo Sabres WOW some freaking awesome hockey going on this year.

BTW Great write up Matty!!

4/26/10   |   hclcdestin   |   9354 respect

This ought to be another super game. I'm giving the nod to Boston to win series.