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Flower Shower: Best Teams to Beat In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

5/12/2016 — So here it is, a beautiful late April Spring day. Time for the first mowing of the lawn for this season. It gets warmer down here in the Northeast a bit earlier for those of you close to and north of the US border. As I am riding my tractor and thinking what a beautiful spring day it is, my mind easily wanders to the second season of the NHL (yes I am a hockey fanatic and think of the Calendar according to hockey’s schedule).

As this wonderful and grueling season is in full bloom, I constantly think how they’re are teams out there like the Pittsburgh Penguins that are playing so inexplicably well, and have found such flawless chemistry. It’s been incredible to watch them blossom into the powerhouse they’ve become, with over 30 wins since January 1st. They made the experienced NY Rangers look like a wilting Dandelion after being hit by weed killer, and, pardon the pun…..spoiling their Garden party in the first round. They added extra speed in the likes of Carl Hagelin – who’s playing the best hockey of his career with Nick Bonino — as well as showing huge depth upfront in the likes of Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist along new head coach, Mike Sullivan. Their goalie, Matt Murray, is showing that he might have what it takes to get them to the promise lands as well.

The San Jose Sharks have a new gardener in head coach Peter DeBoer, who had to uproot himself to sign all the way from New Jersey. Veteran Joel Ward has shown what he’s made of; he can score beautiful / clutch goals — along with other vets who are playing like they’re in there prime, such as captain Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and the magnificent defenseman Brent Burns.

Now for the Midwestern greenhouse, where the native Bluebell flowers also known as the St Louis Blues grow. The Blues are looking good and cruising to the final stage of the plant show — a feat they have not done since they first came in the league almost fifty years ago. Their sprouting goalkeeper Darren Elliot is continuously putting a thicket in front on his net as he did in eliminating the reigning champs from Chicago. Not to mention; Blues’ superstar Vladamir Tarasenko is having a career year; their Olympic blue liners in Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Kevin Shattenkirk are showing why they’re all world; and their veteran forwards plus young stars have converged to find undeniable chemistry.

So there you have it — a look at the best teams in the business. Of course the original best in show flower was the Flower … also know  as Guy Lafluer. Now back to my lawn which never looked so good.

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