How are you feeling Pens Kingdom? Has your heart beat returned to somewhat normal? Are you still riding the Eastern Conference Championship high? Did you get any sleep at all last night? Well, I hope you are used to it because more work is to be done. The Penguins battled the Bolts down to the final game of the series and what a game it was. From the crowd to the players to the storylines, the kingdom is, once again, buzzing with Stanley Cup fever.
3 series down. The most important lays before them…but before Pens begin their journey to take on the San Jose Sharks, let us review my picks for Crowns and Clowns ECF: Pens vs. Bolts.
High King: Head Coach Mike Sullivan
Prince: Bryan Rust
Duke: Matt Murray
The Bozo(s): The Black Eyes of NBC Sports
I said it in my piece earlier in the week and I am making good on that promise. Due to their on air comments and actions (as well as a not knowing how to phrase a question regarding a players endurance and lung capacity), Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire are your Bozo’s of the series. Condoning goon-like behavior and indicating that taking out a team’s stars via injury is a “good game plan” is no joking matter in my eyes.
|This is what your "protect" defense makes us feel|
The Jester: Steven Stamkos
I get it. It’s a game 7. The season is on the line and he wants to be a part of it. But is possibly ending your career and maybe your life worth it? He played all of 11 minutes and 55 seconds, took only two shots and was a minus 1. Other than those two shots, he was basically invisible and didn’t help his team much at all. Not being able to play in that kind of game is a hard pill to swallow but at 25 years old, he has many more years of hockey left in front of him (God willing) and, in my opinion, was too risky a chance. But it’s his career, his body, and his choice but it still gets you put on the list.
Your Pittsburgh Penguins are the Eastern Conference Champions. It’s time to Slay the Sharks!