Tampa Bay is for real... Not sure if you are still in denial like me, but they are FOR REAL. They played the Penguins very tough coming back from a 3 - 1 deficit to win the series, they STEAMROLLED the Caps with a 4 game sweep, and in game one of the Conference Final turned the Bruins into a speedbump rather than a wall.
Look at the 3 Stars for the game last week. Dwayne Roloson, Brett Clark and Domenic Moore, uh WHO? You look at this list and think they will crash to earth soon enough. Well, I have to tell you Bruins fans, you better get nervous and FAST! The Caps thought the same way and whoops, they are playing Bocce Ball for the rest of the summer. As we are quickly learning in these playoffs, the Lightning are deep and can hurt you from any angle. Whether it is Eric Brewer shutting down the top line, or Sean Bergenheim lighting the lamp, and while you are line matching against Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis... Steve Downie, Brett Clark and Steven Stamkos are sending you packing. The Bruins need to start dominating the boards and winning the tough battles cause the confidence level for the Lightning is through the roof.
Star Selector for Game 2 looks like this for me.
1) If Tyler Seguin is in the line up, play him, especially in the 1st period. He is the only chance on the PP and had lots of jump in game 1.
2) Sean Bergenheim is a must start, could be a captain... He has 8 goals so far and is playing against the weaker Bruin defensive pairing.
3) Nathan Horton is too good to be off the score sheet for long, start him and if you are feeling Bruins yellow tonight, captain him
4) Dwayne Roloson's GAA is 2.01, holy crap! That is worth a look and a start. The Bruins are weak on the PP so it will be mainly even strength chances which means lots of shots from the outside, great for a goalie who has superior angles coverage.
5) Martin St. Louis is a must start in the game in my opinion, he has not been silent, but he has not dominated. Having to play against Zdeno Chara does not help but I see him getting 2 points tonight, a goal and a helper.
Best of luck, and we hope you can come play on http://hnic.starselector.cbc.ca.