Sunday, May 15, 2011
Canucks, Lightning Win Game 1
The Vancouver Canucks have won the first game of the Western Conference finals and clearly owe the Detroit Red Wings a debt of gratitude for forcing the Sharks to a game 7 in the last round. The Tampa Lightning extended their winning streak to 8 games in winning game 1 of the Eastern final last night, putting the Canucks and Lightning in their respective drivers seats to advance to the Cup finals. Boston clearly missed Patrice Bergeron, and I feel safe declaring that if Mark Recchi continues to lead their forwards in ice time, the Bruins will not win this series. The Sharks blew yet another 3rd period lead in a losing cause, which is either a conditioning issue or psychological. Have they come to expect to lose? If so, the series edge has to go to the Canucks.