Somewhere in the suburbs of Washington DC and Pittsburgh PA, Bruce Boudreau and Dan Bylsma each let out a little bit of breath last night as the Tampa Bay Lightning cruised past the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Boudreau and Bylsma are probably wanting to tell anyone that will listen, "I told ya so" when it comes to just how good the Tampa Bay Lightning are playing now.
In defeating the Bruins in Game 1, the Lightning won their eighth straight postseason game and even more impressive is the fact that five have come on the road against three different teams.
Of the four teams remaining in this playoffs, only the Lightning seem to be in control of all the ingredients that are required to win a Stanley Cup.
Even this year’s President Trophy winners, the Vancouver Canucks have hit their bumps in the road and are struggling at times with different aspects of their game.
Tampa has been more than bump free since trailing the Penguins three games to one in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tampa can play any type of game at anytime and anywhere right now in the playoffs. They are the best chance the Eastern Conference has at winning the Stanley Cup because in my mind they are the best team remaining in the playoffs.
Many of you are thinking at this very moment that they have won only one game against Boston and this series still has a long way to go.
Only in terms of days, because right now, the Bruins are finished and if they cannot come out any better than they did in Game 1, they may as well just get in line to shake hands now.
The Lightning have every major ingredient necessary and in place to win their second Stanley Cup in eight years.
Here are the ingredients that the Bolts possess and the five reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning will finish off Boston and as long as they continue to play their game, win the Stanley Cup.