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(1) Bruins vs. (6) Hurricanes
Bruins Leading Playoff Scorer: Michael Ryder (right), seven points (four goals, three assists).
Hurricanes Leading Playoff Scorer: Eric Staal (right, below), seven points (five goals, two assists).
Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Mark Recchi (2), Shawn Thornton, Aaron Ward (3), Stephane Yelle (2).
Hurricanes with Stanley Cup bling: Anton Babchuk, Rod Brind'Amour, Erik Cole, Matt Cullen, Frantisek Kaberle, Chad LaRose, Eric Staal, Niclas Wallin, Ray Whitney, Cam Ward.
Something worthwhile about the Bruins: Boston's penalty killers did not yield a score in any of Montreal's eight chances with the man advantage in the first round.
Something worthwhile about the Hurricanes: Among active goaltenders with at least 15 playoff games on their resume, no one has a better save percentage than Cam Ward (.925).
Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins forward Barry Pederson holds Boston's franchise record for points by a rookie in a single playoff season. He had 18 (seven goals, 11 assists) in 18 games in 1982.
Something useless about the Hurricanes that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Ron Francis is one of three former Penguins who have been the captain of Whalers/Hurricanes. The others are Russ Anderson and Mark Johnson.
Former Penguins on the Bruins: Andrew Ference, D; Mark Recchi, RW.
Former Penguins on the Hurricanes: Tom Barrasso, goaltending coach; Ron Francis, associate head coach; Kevin McCarthy, assistant coach; Jim Rutherford, general manager.
Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Aaron Ward, etc. Carolina was able to edge New Jersey by going to the net and getting clean looks at Martin Brodeur, considered the best goaltender in the game. If they can do the same against journeyman Tim Thomas, they'll be able to pull out a win. Chara and company need to put the clamps on Eric Staal, Ray Whitney and others.
Who needs to be the difference for the Hurricanes: Cam Ward. He went toe to toe with Martin Brodeur and came out on top. He was just slightly better than the future hall-of-famer. He'll probably need to play even better for them to upset the big, bad Bruins.
Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: If you can't enjoy highlights of Robert Gordon Orr, you're just not a hockey fan:
Best Hurricanes YouTube Video We Could Find: Rod Brind'Amour apparently took the red pill:
EN Prediction: Bruins, 4-2. It will take another Conn Smythe Trophy type of effort by Cam Ward in order for the Hurricanes to pull it out. He's certainly capable of that, but we just think the Bruins have far too much depth on their roster for the Hurricanes to deal with.
(Photos: Ryder-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Staal-Steve Dykes/Getty Images)