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Poll: Who will win the Eastern Conference finals?

May 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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This year’s Eastern Conference finals is one that many fans probably weren’t counting on happening. With the third-seeded Boston Bruins taking on the fifth seeded Tampa Bay Lightning after those teams took out the top two teams in the East, to the winner goes the spoils of a shot at the Stanley Cup.

In Boston’s favor they’ve got the stellar goaltending of Tim Thomas to lead the way along with Zdeno Chara‘s presence along the blue line and the potential rugged defense of Nathan Horton, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic. The Bruins having to make due without Patrice Bergeron will be a bit of a problem but rookie Tyler Seguin will try and steady things out in his stead.

Tampa Bay has the offense rolling for them in star players like Martin St. Louis, Steve Stamkos, and Vincent Lecavalier. They’re also getting great support from the likes of Steve Downie and Sean Bergenheim not to mention great goaltending out of 41 year-old Dwayne Roloson.

With tacticians like Guy Boucher and Claude Julien behind the benches for each team we’re left to wonder if we’ll have a series loaded with punch-counter-punch offense or a more defensively reserved game. Either way, it sets up for an intriguing matchup. What we want to know is, who’s going to win? Let us know in our poll and in the comments.

  1. 8man - May 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Hub….City….Bears! Yeah! C’mon boys, make us proud!

  2. bucforever - May 8, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Tampa has built a strong stable organization that will have to be reckoned with for years to come. Even if this playoff run is cut short[ I doubt it] the Lightning have had a great year and only look to get stronger. With out a lockout issue that spoiled their last big chance at building a dynasty, this team should make people afraid for a long time . The Bolts in six games . GO BOLTS!

  3. stakex - May 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Tapas 1-3-1 will not be as effective against the also defensive minded Bruins as it was against Washington… and Thomas is by far the better goalie. Tampa isn’t going to go down without a fight, but they are going to go down…. Boston in six.

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