Geek of the Week: Round 2 Recap

Scott Royce

2022-05-29

Another couple weeks have passed and we almost have our final four teams set. While the Rangers and Hurricanes have a Game 7 pending tomorrow night, the other three series have wrapped up and we were treated to a little bit of everything this round. We had some surprise as the Lightning completely rolled over the Panthers in a four-game sweep. The Avs and Blues battled a pretty tightly-contested series that saw Colorado finally break through and get back to the conference finals. And then there was the Battle of Alberta. Pure chaos and excitement from start to finish. Let's take a closer look at each series.

Tampa Bay vs Florida

As a Leafs fan, I watched a whole lot of Tampa Bay over the last few weeks. I couldn't help but feel they were looking dangerous and could pose a major threat moving forward.  At the same time though, their attempt at a three-peat wouldn't be without its challenges. Brayden Point had sustained an injury in the Toronto series. And although he was still playing, Nikita Kucherov definitely seemed to be playing through some sort of ailment as well. On top of their own obstacles, they would be clashing with the Panthers, a team many considered to be the biggest threat coming out of the Eastern Conference.

So while I thought Tampa Bay had looked good, I was most certainly surprised when they were breaking out the brooms at the end of Game 4. The Lightning completely neutralized the offense of the Florida Panthers, an offense that had been among the league's best all regular season. Tampa held Florida to just three goals in four games. On top of playing shut-down defense, the Lightning's depth players really showed up this series. Ross Colton and Corey Perry were especially good, both coming up with clutch goals multiple times in the series.

Thanks to their convincing sweep, they've earned themselves some extended rest and recuperation time. Their last game was on Monday, and with Carolina and New York to play their Game 7 tomorrow, the Lightning secured at least a seven-day break. Sometimes these extended breaks can be a double-edged sword though. The Lightning definitely seemed to ride the momentum of their big Game 7 win over Toronto into the Florida series. I'll be interested to see how they come out in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. That being said though, as I mentioned before, the Bolts looked pretty banged up. I'm sure they are fine with some extra rest time.

Colorado vs St. Louis

This series had a ton of intrigue to me going into it. Many people would consider the Avalanche the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season. They looked great in the opening round,