Tonight’s game in Boston between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators – postponed earlier due to the Marathon bombing – will settle the playoff pairings. According to the Toronto Sun, the options are as follows:
- Ottawa wins in regulation – Bruins play Toronto Maple Leafs, Senators face the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Ottawa wins in OT or shootout win – Penguins take on Islanders, Senators face Canadiens, Leafs meet Bruins
- Boston OT win or shootout win – Bruins play Senators, Leafs face Canadiens, Islanders meet Penguins
- Boston wins in regulation – Bruins face Islanders, Senators take on Penguins, Leafs face Habs
I’ve indicated in red the option I’d like to see. With the old adage that anything can happen in the playoffs in mind, I’d like to see the Bruins and Leafs beat up on each other before the Habs face them (assuming they beat Ottawa). Both teams are capable of giving Montreal nightmares and the Leafs are more eager than ever coming off a nine year playoff hiatus.
In an ideal world the Habs would best Ottawa in four or five games while the Bruins and Leafs play a full seven-game series – with a whole lot of overtime, double and triple if possible!
In an ideal world the Habs would best Ottawa in four or five games while the Bruins and Leafs play a full seven-game series – with a whole lot of overtime, double and triple if possible! But I’m getting ahead of myself; there’s one more regular season game to go and the same logic holds true. Let the Bruins and Senators bang each other around for 65 minutes then have a 15 round shoot-out with the Sens winning.
However you slice it, all attention is on the upcoming playoffs, especially with Toronto back in the picture. There was a suggestion that the CN Tower in Toronto be used as a giant goal light, changing to red with each Leafs goal. It’s none of my business as a Habs fan, but I hope they don’t do that. Toronto fans are seasoned, long-time hockey people. Leave the tacky stuff for newcomers.
As we embark on the NHL playoff ride the thought comes to mind “Lockout, I don’t remember any lockout”