Conference Finals Time and TCL Flyers Has Its Picks
Eastern Conference Finals
No. 2 Boston Bruins vs No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins
How they got here: Boston beat NY Rangers, 4-1; Pittsburgh beat Ottawa, 4-1.
The top two seeds in the East absolutely dominated their opponents en route to an Eastern Conference Final berth. Pittsburgh ended the Cinderella story the Senators were trying to emulate and they did so in convincing fashion. Boston was just too much for New York, who couldn’t seem to get Henrik Lundqvist the offensive support he deserved in net. Both teams are the last two East teams to win the Stanley Cup.
Why Boston will win: Boston is a strong city. Their hockey team’s symbol is a bear. A penguin is just a stupid, silly flightless bird.
Why Pittsburgh will win: Ever see a bear on skates? It will never hap.... OH CRAP!
TCL Picks: John (Pens in 6), Dan (Pens in 5), Mark (Pens in 6), Alicia (Bruins in 7), Chris (Pens in 6), Jordan (Pens in 6).
Western Conference Semifinals
No. 4 Los Angeles Kings vs No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks
How they got there: Los Angeles beat San Jose, 4-3; Chicago beat Detroit, 4-3.
The Kings and Sharks traded home wins during their series, setting up a wild Game 7 in which LA jumped out to a two-goal lead and held on for the win. Chicago had a tougher time, climbing back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Wings, 2-1, in overtime. They were the last two teams in the West to have won the Stanley Cup.
Why Los Angeles will win: They have the backing of a handful of celebrities, who when they close their eyes, really think it’s a Lakers game.
Why Chicago will win: Their top celebrity is CM Punk, who will be kneeing every Kings player in the head before they skate out onto the ice, which Brendan Shanahan will somehow only fine him for his actions.
TCL Picks: John (Kings in 6), Dan (Hawks in 6), Mark (Hawks in 7), Alicia (Kings in 6), Chris (Kings in 7), Jordan (Kings in 6).