The boys of winter have blossomed in the spring.
Well, some of them, at least.
And as the NHL gets ready for its showcase event, the Stanley Cup Final, it's time to take a look at the winners and losers of the just-completed conference finals.
Who did great and who did poorly is pretty self-explanatory, given how the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings ended up.
And what can you say about Boston's absolute humiliation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played more like a junior hockey league team than the Stanley Cup champs from five years ago.
Heck, even the Hanson brothers of Slap Shot fame could likely have done better than the hapless Penguins.
And as a result, don't be surprised if you see some considerable offseason movement on the team, including possibly the firing of head coach Dan Bylsma.
But for now, let's look at the winners and losers—some bigger or worse than others—of the just-completed conference finals and look ahead to the big daddy of them all, the pursuit of Lord Stanley's prized and oversized silver chalice.