Eastern Conference supremacy all comes down to this. Boston vs. Ottawa. Two teams with very interesting histories. Did you know General Manger Mike McMahon was once an assistant GM with the Bruins? Yet when Eric Lavoie was let go, McMahon was passed over for the position. Enter Chris Ransom, a hotshot GM from the East Coast League who has been known for one thing, winning. One month later McMahon shows up as the new GM in Ottawa. The Senators start the season on an enormous winning streak but as the season wore on, the Bruins chipped away at that lead until finally, after defeating them for a fourth time this season, the Bruins captured first place in the NorthEast division and never looked back.
The Senators have been patiently waiting on the sidelines, having taken down the Presidents Cup winning Atlanta Thrashers in four straight games. As much as most are saying this will be a goaltending showdown, it will also be a showdown between two of the best two-way pivots, Henrick Zetterberg and Mikko Koivu. Offensively the Sens rely on their backend for offense, Elias and Perry each have 3 goals this post season while Reghr and Rozival each have 4. Tomas Holmstrom and Bill Guerin provide the leadership and also spend a ton of time in front of opposition goaltenders, just ask Tim Thomas. The Bruins will use defensmen Roman Hamerlik and Karlis Skraskins to defend those two and ensure that Tomas Vokoun has a good line of sight. Secondary scoring will need to come from Shawn Horcoff (1 goal), Jason Blake (1 goal) and Josh Bailey (0 goals) if the Senators are to win the Eastern Conference finals.
Game one goes Saturday/Sunday in Beantown as the Bruins have called up Anthony Stewart & Tobias Stephan, two players who has been Senators killers. Two of Stewarts three goals this season came against Lundqvist and Stephans best performance of the season came in a game versus, you guessed it, the Senators. Strategy is king in the NEFHL and we will see how important a part it plays. Lets drop the puck JD, go Bruins!