With many great events preceding the All-Star Game, I really have a predicament. Do I go to Fan Fair and attempt to win the amateur skills title? Or do I enjoy my third dose of Carolina BBQ at NHL pregame celebration. I'm going to go with the latter. With this being my last day in the great state of North Carolina, I need to make the most of my time with the authentic BBQ.
And tonight is the big game we've all been waiting for. Yesterday I predicted team Staal by a score of 6-4 and I'm sticking with my prediction. The offensive firepower on team Staal will simply overwhelm team Lidstrom.
We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.
— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5