Playoff Previews: Bruins vs Capitals

2 Boston Bruins vs 7 Washington Capitals

At times this season, the Bruins have played so well that only they could beat themselves. At other times they did just that. It’s been a controversy filled season with suspensionsnon-suspensions and even political distractions. Taking injury and inconsistency into the playoffs with them, this Bruins team will face some challenges if they look to repeat as champians champions.

The Capitals entered this season with high hopes after an off-season that saw GM George McPhee add depth to an already good team in addition to acquiring a true number one goaltender in Tomas Vokoun. The team failed to live up to the hype and just narrowly avoided missing the playoffs in one of the most disappointing seasons the franchise has had. Can they regroup and give the Bruins a good run?

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Playoff Previews: Rangers vs Senators

1 New York Rangers vs. 8 Ottawa Senators

The New York Rangers are an example of what can happen when a team unites under a coaches system. John Tortorella demands a lot from his players, but he also seems to bring out the best in them. As fiery and passionate as ever, Torts has the Rangers playing their best hockey since 1994, when they last won a Stanley Cup.

It was a different route to the playoffs for the Ottawa Senators. After a dismal season last year, the Sens retooled and despite some ups and downs they consistently held a playoff spot throughout the season. While beating the Rangers is a tall task to be sure, these Sens have shown they can confound the critics and pundits alike.

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