Thursday Morning Mashup: Sevens in the East


In another wild playoff game, the Eastern Conference final was pushed to seven games last night. Despite a David Krejci hat-trick, the Bruins just couldn’t outscore the Lightning in what turned out to be a goal scorer’s field day from the outset.

If goaltending is essential in winning the Stanley Cup, the only evidence of that seems to be coming from the West. Either of these teams will need a much better effort over the course of their meeting with Canucks starting next Wednesday, or else they’ll be steamrolled.

Game seven goes tomorrow night in Boston, and you have to think both tenders will bring their game and keep the score reasonable (by playoff standards).

On to the links!

Window Shopping in the Pacific Division

Jon at gives us the rundown

Just How Dominant are the Leafs in Toronto?

TorontoSportsMedia has the poll, go cast your vote

NHL Playoff goaltending not what it used to be

Tell me about it. Ken Campbell at THN has the story

Colborne’s focus on staying with Leafs

Not sure if this story has already been posted (it’s five days old), but I thought it was a good read regardless

Ex-Leafs go up against Canucks in Stanley Cup Final

Our friend Michael Langlois discusses Kubina and co. at Vintage Leaf Memories

Bieksa’s value just keeps going up

Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail has more

THN Rumor Roundup: What Rafalski’s retirement means to Detroit

The Hockey News with their rumor roundup. Kaberle to Detroit, anyone?

Wednesday night’s three stars

Puck Daddy has the three stars from last night’s game six

No subsidy for an AHL club

Newfoundlanders get dealt a serious blow in their hopes for an AHL team

Majors get revenge on Attack

Mirtle has the story on the happenings at the Memorial Cup

Okposo commits to Islanders

Kyle Okposo signs a five year deal. Will he be the Isles’ new captain? Puck Daddy has the story

At the live chat on Bourne’s Blog last night, a few of us discussed the fact that the Leafs and Isles could start to peak at around the same time. While I believe the Leafs are probably set to peak sooner, it’s an interesting thought.

It’s quite unlikely either will make the post-season next year, unless the Leafs add a significant piece up front. But both teams seem destined for good things in the next 3-4 years for sure.

What do you think? How far are the Leafs from playoff contention, and seperately, actual Cup contention?

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