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Poll: Who will win the Stanley Cup now?

May 13, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

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We’re down to the conference finals now and with Boston taking on Tampa Bay and San Jose facing off with Vancouver we’ve got a healthy amount of intrigue to deal with.

In the Eastern Conference you’ve got a classic coaching matchup with Claude Julien’s Bruins and Guy Boucher’s Lightning facing off. On one side you’ve got Boston with its punishing defense and goaltending featuring Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas while the Lightning have the trio of Martin St. Louis, Steve Stamkos, and Vincent Lecavalier along with 41 year-old Dwayne Roloson in goal.

In the Western Conference there’s the top team in the NHL in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo in goal and surrounded by Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and playoff hero Ryan Kesler. San Jose storms in with oodles of talent of their own with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Dany Heatley and Antti Niemi in goal.

The matchups are great, the possibilities are many, but what we want to know from you is… Who is going to win the Stanley Cup now? Let us know in our poll who you’ve got raising Lord Stanley’s Cup in June.

  1. tommytd - May 13, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    How about…who cares? San Jose vs. Vancouver…not me. Boston vs. Tampa Bay…I don’t think so…the NHL season is over for me.

    • bigkniht37 - May 13, 2011 at 7:02 AM

      you are clearly a bandwagon hockey fan. these are two fantastic series (and yes I’m a bruins fan) but SJ v Vancouver is going to be a great physical series and seeing another original six team revive itself with a run to the cup would be great for the league. if SJ wins the west and Boston the east, its captain vs. his former team, and if Vancouver wins the west it gives canada hope that the holy grail will return to the great north once again. with tampa it would be great for the league to get stamkos into the finals. so if you can’t understand why these 4 teams will give us a great ending to the post season, you are clearly not a real hockey fan

    • spiffy53 - May 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      tammtd, i thought your “pronger is a moron” thing was lame, this one takes the cake. obviously, you are not a hockey fan. while my team is out, i am still watching some of these series. the detroit series was great. looking forward to the boston tampa bay series as well.

      i am picking san jose and tampa in the final.

      • spiffy53 - May 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM

        don’t get mad at me boston fans. tampa’s just a little too quick. besides, it was just a prediction. they still need to play the game.

      • tommytd - May 14, 2011 at 4:16 AM

        Check out the ratings book after the season and get back to me! V, San Jose, Tampa Bay…huge TV markets indeed! LOL

  2. dudebrosday - May 13, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Dang, Tampa’s still not getting any respect. Shame, cause they’re a great team. They could beat any of the other three teams left. (Of course, that can be said about any team left.)

    • deepthreat - May 13, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      They are getting respect. This poll is early and all the teams are very close.
      (Yes, I’m a Bruins fan…)

  3. deepthreat - May 13, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Got cut off…
    I think the Bruins are getting a slight edge is the way they swept a good team like Philly.
    They had a tough series with the Canadiens and Tampa could give them the same or even more problems.

  4. sknut - May 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Its very even and thats what you want. Tampa has surprised me but now it wouldn’t be a shock to see any of these 4 teams hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup and that is all a fan can ask for.

    I am rooting for San Jose-Boston, it would be fun to see Thorton go against Boston for all the marbles.

    • dreadpiratesteve - May 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Agreed. That kind of story line would be excellent for the NHL. If you aren’t excited for these games then you are clearly not a hockey fan. And therefore you are a simpleton and I have no time for you.

  5. jpelle82 - May 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    tampa bay sweeping washington was far more impressive than the bos-philly series. philly didnt show up at all and have no goalie. i still think boston beats tb but much respect to tb for their work this year. i think they can benefit from the underdog status…it has worked for them so far, they are hungry. vancouver gets beat…i think niemi will own luongo again.

    • deepthreat - May 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      Philly’s defense played horribly and obviously missed Pronger, but they were a top team all year and proved themselves legit last year.
      The Capitals win 50 games every year and are always a 1 or 2 and done.

  6. 3rdjersey - May 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I believe that the real Canucks will show up against the Sharks and it will be a high scoring affair. I pick the Canucks in 6. As for the east, I think that the toughness and size of the Bruins will defeat the Lightening. Vancouver – Boston final. Vancouver takes the cup in 6.

  7. knight789 - May 14, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Tampa has great upfront talent but they may have peaked. Boston in 6. The Canucks are a better all around team than the Sharks (they didn’t finish 12 points ahead of them during the regular season for nothing). Canucks in 6. For the final, Canucks over the Bruins in 7.

  8. polegojim - May 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Canucks v Boston would be the best Cup Finals by far.

    Let’s face it folks, the Caps and the Sharks just don’t seem ot have the chemistry or leadership to win a Cup. Presidents Cups, Big Name Stars…all mean SQUAT when you fail to deliver Year in/Year out.

    Obviously the Sharks are melting down. The Wings scared the crap out of them and they spent their entire savings BARELY squeaking by a game 7 win. There’s little to nothing left in the Tank.

    Before all you Shark fans run at me — Talk to your Team and PROVE me wrong. The rest is just emotional defense. Save it for your Facebook buddies.

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