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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Biggest Pens Villain - Milbury Bracket Semifinals

The Milbury Bracket

And then there were four. With the dust settled on the quarterfinals, Mike Milbury made a statement in his first vote and appears poised to to capture the bracket that bears his name. It'll be up to John Tortorella, Jack Edwards, and Alexander Ovechkin to keep that from happening. The next round of voting will leave just two contenders remaining in the bracket, with the winner of that match-up facing off against the other bracket winners.

Mike Milbury vs John Tortorella

Mike Milbury (91%) over David Volek (9%)
Mike Milbury - Bye

John Tortorella (82%) over Chris Neil (18%)
John Tortorella (73%) over David Steckel (27%)

Mike Milbury made a huge splash in his introduction into the bracket after an Opening Round bye, and he received 91% against a very strong opponent. David Volek scored the game winning goal in Game 7 against the Penguins in 1993 to deny Pittsburgh a chance at a third Stanley Cup in a row, but it wasn't enough to come close to knocking off Milbury. He'll match-up against John Tortorella, and the outspoken coach will be anything but an easy out. Tortorella has made no secret what he thinks of the Pittsburgh Penguins and there star players, and he's easily cruised through some tough competition in the earlier rounds.

Jack Edwards vs Alexander Ovechkin

Jack Edwards (56%) over Eugene Melnyk (44%)
Jack Edwards (68%) over Jim Rutherford (32%)

Alexander Ovechkin (71%) over Shane Doan (29%)
Alexander Ovechkin - Bye

Jack Edwards in one of the biggest, most unapologetic homers in the game, and it's carried him through to the semifinals to face off against Alexander Ovechkin. It's not like Ovechkin needed any help to move on, but his late hit on Brian Dumoulin in Sunday's game that caused the defenseman to leave early certainly won't hurt his chances. The NHL created the Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry in the beginning, but Ovechkin's propensity towards cheap hits has helped keep him a disliked player in Pittsburgh.

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