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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Biggest Pens Villain - Milbury Bracket Quarterfinals

The Milbury Bracket

The Opening Round of the Milbury Bracket whittled the field of 14 down to 8, and it's created some great match-ups for the bracket quarterfinals. Mike Milbury and Alexander Ovechkin join the voting this round, but they'll go up against David Volek, John Tortorella, Chris Neil, Jack Edwards, Eugene Melnyk, and Shane Doan for what should be some stiff competition.

Mike Milbury vs David Volek

Mike Milbury - Bye

David Volek (72%) over Dan Bylsma (28%)

David Volek ended the hopes for a three-peat for arguably the best team in Penguins' history, and it was enough to move him past former head coach Dan Bylsma. He'll face a much tougher test this round as he faces off against Mike Milbury, the bombastic and obnoxious media personality for NBC broadcasts. Milbury routinely spews antiquated hot takes on the air and provides little to the few people who can stomach to sit through an intermission report with him on.

John Tortorella vs Chris Neil

John Tortorella (73%) over David Steckel (27%)

Chris Neil (66%) over PK Subban (34%)

It's not a surprise to see John Tortorella move on to the next round, given that's he constantly berates the Penguins for being a group of whiner while, ironically, whining about them to the media every chance he gets. The most obnoxious coach in the league will face off against one of the most obnoxious players in the league. Chris Neil has a reputation for being a dirty player and a pest, and throughout his career in Ottawa he has a highlight reel of borderline conduct which, somehow, earns him the "A" in that organization.

Jack Edwards vs Eugene Melnyk

Jack Edwards (68%) over Jim Rutherford (32%)

Eugene Melnyk (52%) over Marian Hossa (48%)

Jack Edwards is one of the biggest homers in the entire league, and he's prone to saying some of the most controversial and idiotic things of anyone given a microphone. In what's par for the course for the Bruins broadcaster, he suggested that Matt Cooke getting nominated for the Masterton Trophy was like Robert Kennedy's assassin being named prisoner of the year. He'll face off against someone equally ridiculous in Eugene Melnyk who also harbors a grudge against Cooke. After Cooke injured star defenseman Erik Karlsson, Melnyk launched a forensic investigation to prove that Cooke did so intentionally, despite the incident being ruled an accident by no less than every other person who had seen the replay. The investigation was never made public, most likely because the report ridiculed Melnyk as much as the general public.

Shane Doan vs Alexander Ovechkin

Shane Doan (72%) over Jaromir Jagr (28%)

Alexander Ovechkin - Bye

While Jaromir Jagr's playing with the fanbase's heart might have hurt much more than what Shane Doan has done, time has managed to heal the wounds from his exit from Pittsburgh and jilting the Penguins when he returned to the NHL. The wounds are still fresh from Doan knocking Kris Letang out for the season last year with a late and unnecessary shove into the boards. He'll face off against someone who has antagonized the Penguins for years. The NHL pushed an Alexander Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry for years, naturally putting Ovechkin at odds with the fanbase, but it's Ovechkin's borderline play in headhunting Evgeni Malkin and catching Sergei Gonchar knee-on-knee in the playoffs that lands him on this list.

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