The Eastern Conference finals come down to one game as the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning prepare for their decider on Friday.
The Eastern Conference finals will conclude on Friday night as the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning prepare for game seven of their series with the right to play in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals on the line.
The Vancouver Canucks are waiting in the finals having already won their conference finals over the San Jose Sharks. Vancouver fans have to be enjoying the fact that Boston and Tampa Bay are still beating each other up in the East as the Canucks should have an edge in terms of fatigue heading into the championship series.
Game seven is being played tonight because the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to muscle out a win on home ice in game six. It wasn't rock solid goal-tending that earned them the victory but rather it was their never-say-die attitude as they came back from a deficit facing elimination.
The Lightning were nearly down and out in the first round so for them to get to this point in the season is already a success story behind their 41 year old goaltender, Dwayne Roloson.
The Bruins will have home ice for game seven and they've won two of three game in the series from Boston. Tim Thomas promises to be the difference maker as he has been sharper in the series than Roloson. However the fact remains that it's down to one game and if the game is tight a lucky bounce can select who makes it through to the Finals and who goes golfing.
Vancouver fans should probably be hoping for a Lightning win because of the question mark in net for Tampa Bay at this point. Tim Thomas of Boston has more potential to tighten the screws and go into total lock-down mode at this point in his career and that makes him dangerous. It would be better for Vancouver to face Roloson, a post-40 year old player, as athletes in that age group have to be expected to tire in the late stages of the NHL season.
Game seven tonight takes place at 8pm ET with Versus and CBC providing the television coverage.