Morning Skate 411: Let the Cup playoffs begin

Morning Skate 411: Let the Cup playoffs begin
April 11, 2011, 4:02 pm
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By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON Not much to say at this point except bring on the playoffs, and bring on HabsBruins set to begin Thursday night at TD Garden.Itll be the 33rd playoff meeting between the two teams with Montreal still holding a commanding 24-8 lead in the history of the series, but with the Black and Gold holding the favorite status headed into the series. Im guessing the Bruins take the series in five or six games and Ill have a longer breakdown later on in the week and the Bs distinct size and strength advantage comes through as the series goes on."It's two really contrasting styles in this series," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "We're a straight-ahead, heavy on the puck, hard forechecking kind of team, and they're a fast, skilled, quick into transition kind of team with some verygood shooters. So it should be a very good series."But its sure to be a wild spectacle up in Montreal at the Bell Centre for a certainty.Heres a take from Hockeybuzz.com Montreal writer Eric Engels hoping that the HabsBruins action is just as good as past meetings without going too overboard. I say here, here!Mike Felger says that Tim Thomas setting a single-season save percentage in the NHL doesnt mean the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup this season, and that it in fact is a mark against them. Given his track record for having everything Bruins totally ass-backwards (Hey Brad Marchand!), that should be a good thing for the Bs. In other news, water is wet, the sky is blue and Felger is still downing haterade by the gallon. Maybe Felger would like a 22-year-old rookie from Russian that has the Flyers fans petrified, or the thoroughly unproven goaltending in Washington. Montreal Gazette writer Dave Stubbs says that Mark Recchi has yet to reach out toward Dr. Mulder on the Habs' medical staff after calling into question his thoughts on the Max Pacioretty diagnosis.Tough job dissecting a Dallas Stars season that came down to them choking away a playoff bid on the final day of the season. Now thats a hockey team with some flea problems.A big thumbs up review of the picture-in-picture camera utilized by NBC when a hockey team is pulling a goalie from the game later in the third period.Bill Meltzer tells us everything he loves and hates about the NHL's Stanley Cupplayoffs at his versus.com blog.Pierre McGuire hops on XH Home Ice and talks about the end of the regular season while previewing the Stanley Cup playoffs.USA Todays Kevin Allen tackles a number of season-ending subjects including the sacking of Minnesota Wild hockey coach Todd Richards.
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