by Patrick Hoffman on 04/30/10 at 03:15 PM ET
From great friend of the blog Brian Monzo at Wfan.com:
4) Penguins vs. (8) Canadiens:
You would think the Canadiens are on the high of all highs here, taking out the top seed in the East. But let’s get back to reality here. It is going to be very tough to prevent the Penguins now from getting back to the Finals. I understand Halak played out of his mind, but Sid the Kid, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal are just getting started. Unfortunately for Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, their run is going to come to an end. The Pens will have the Mellon Arena whited out every game, and perhaps playing the best hockey of his still young career, Crosby will be lighting the lamp over and over. Prediction: Pens in five.
(6) Bruins vs. (7) Flyers:
The Flyers got away with an easy one. They somehow snuck right by Devils without the Devils even knowing it. Veteran goalie Brian Boucher is playing perhaps the best he has ever played. However, the injury bug has hit and Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne are out. For the Bruins, it is the opposite. Star youngster Tuukka Rask didn’t to be overly briliant against the Sabres. He was good, not great. The Bruins now get back Marc Savard, who has been out for months with a concussion. This should be a long series, but the Bruins will get it done. Prediction: Bruins in seven.
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