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Great Playoff Debate: 2011 Stanley Cup Finals

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein (FSN Florida) and Randy Moller (560 WQAM) are back for their fourth go around to break down the Playoffs series all the way until the Stanley Cup. The two will each pick a winner for each series and why they think that team will win. There will of course be some jawing, but all in good fun.

After a disastrous Conference semi-finals, Randy Moller bounced back nicely as he correctly predicted that both the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins would be skating in the Stanley Cup finals. He even had that the Bruins would win their series in seven games. For Steve Goldstein however, it was anything but as he went with the underdogs in Tampa Bay and San Jose to make it to the finals. With that Mr. Moller is 10-4 in his playoff predictions while Goldie is 4-10.

Stanley Cup Finals

The Bruins' Tim Thomas and Canucks' Daniel Sedin
(#1W) Vancouver vs (#3E) Boston

Randy Moller - A classic Finals matchup! Both the Bruins and Canucks sport this year's top goaltenders. Tim Thomas rebounded from a disastrous 2009-10 season and has paced Boston throughout these playoffs this year. Roberto Luongo has also silenced a lot of critics this year. It comes down to Vancouver's offense with the Sedin twins (Henrik and Daniel), Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and others against the dynamic Bruin defensive duo of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. The Canucks have the edge in goal production and home ice advantage, but Boston can rise up with the David Krejci/Nathan Horton/Milan Lucic line. Will rookie Tyler Segin take another step forward with his blinding speed? If Vancouver loses this series, they will have no one to blame but themselves...Canucks in 6.

Steve Goldstein - I finally have to go with the Vancouver Canucks. They are too deep and were the NHL's best team all season. Ryan Kesler Is playing great and has emerged as a dominant player. Vancouver can score and the Bruins had a couple of shaky games allowing goals against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. Full marks go to the Bruins for winning the East and making the finals for the first time in 20 years but I think it's time for Vamcouver's first ever Stanley Cup...Vancouver in 5 games.
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