posted on Apr, 29 2004 @ 09:03 PM
For the first time in there franchise history the Tampa Bay Lightining will be going to the East Conference finals. The Lightning paved the way to the
finals by beating on the Montreal Canandiens, sweeping the series 4 games to none.
Brad Richards scored his second straight game winning goal in the second period to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Tampa had handed the Canadiens
their first series sweep since buffalo did it in the second round in the year of 1988.
In my opinion the MVP for the Ligthning is Nikolai Khabibulin who has stopped 27 shots in the game 4 win, allowing only Niklas Sundstrom's goal 5:46
in, Khabibulin who has allowed nine goals in nine games, leads the NHL goalies with four shutouts and a 099 goals-agaisnt-average int he playoffs.
The question now, can somebody solve this team and who? Can the flyers over power them or will Tampa Bay just out skate them? Can the Leafs play solid
D and the presence of their offense beat the Lightining or will Khabibulin just keep his hot streak going. All these questions will be answered in the
Eastern Conference Finals