Comcast SportsNet and Capital’s Color Analyst Craig Laughlin joined The Sports Junkies on Tuesday and said the Caps would have been better off facing the top-seeded New York Rangers instead of the Boston Bruins in the first round because the Rangers lack the firepower that the Bruins carry.
Laughlin believes that there are numerous reason why Boston is a tough opponent for the Capitals. “Number one, they are the reigning champs. Number two, they have four lines that can compete with anybody in the NHL. They got Zdeno Chara, I don’t think there is a better defenseman. If I was going to start a team, I would probably start with Zdeno Chara. And then you got Tim Thomas, who is an unknown. He may be politically incorrect off the ice, but he’s dang good in the net.”
Eric Bickel pointed out that the Caps have momentum and they are now the underdog, so why can’t they win? Laughlin countered, “You look at Boston’s scorers; plus they got the three toughest guys in the game, and they’re going to hurt you. [Milan] Lucic, Chara, Shawn Thornton on the fourth line if he plays. That’s the three toughest guys in the NHL that can throw the body, that can actually contribute and can fight if need be.”
However, Laughlin pointed out that Boston could be worn down after a rigorous regular season, and that it’s very tough to repeat as champion in the NHL, but the Capitals will still need all the right bounces to take down the Bruins.
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