So it’s been a rough post-season. The teams left in the playoffs as of this moment are San Jose, Chicago, Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia. There are issues with all of them, but it seems clear to me that with the elimination of Pittsburgh and Washington (thanks Montreal), the road has been paved for the Cup to return to its rightful place in the Western Conference. So who am I rooting for?
It’s a rough decision. Montreal is the underdog, as we’ve mentioned before. But frankly I can’t get over ’93, and I will NOT be pulling for them to win in the next round. Screw them. I suppose I’ll pull for whichever of Boston or Philadelphia win their series to defeat Montreal and head to the finals. If I were to pick, I’d prefer to see Boston make the finals, only because I don’t dislike them as much as I dislike the Flyers (read: Pronger).
In the Western Conference the matchup is already established, and it’ll be San Jose v. Chicago. My fiance is from the Bay area, so part of me leans that direction. However, I just can’t realistically pull for another California team to win the Cup. I don’t have as much hatred for the Sharks as I do for the Ducks, but it’s not a pleasant situation. I’ll have to be pulling for the Blackhawks in that final.
So if my “wishful” predictions play out, we’ll see Chicago v. Boston in the finals. With all the craziness this year it’s actually not the most absurd way this post-season could play out. Certainly most experts expected Washington or Pittsburgh to make the Finals, but prior to the season Boston would not have been a crazy choice (just bold).
If it’s Chicago v. Boston in the finals… I suppose I’ve got to pull for Chicago. It’s a tough call, but at least the ‘hawks represented the Western Conference. I have no love for either team, but congrats. For the rest of this post season, I’m pulling for the Hawks. Congrats (or I’m sorry, if I just jinxed you) Hawks fans, you get the official Rink Royalty endorsement.
So who are you pulling for? It can’t possibly be Montreal can it? Who else is left?