This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.The conference finals exhausted every possible minute by stretching both series to the limit. That's a good thing if you like hockey.
In the East, The King is dead after having been checkmated by the Bishop, no less. The Rangers were done in by their inconsistent offense and the Lightning used their speed to overpower a battered New York blueline.
Meanwhile, out West, one goalie rose to the occasion while the other looked unsure after a late Game 5 gaffe. Chicago pooled their skill and savvy to knock out an Anaheim side that once again disappointed at home when it mattered most.
So now, the Final. The fresh-faced Bolts versus the playoff-savvy Blackhawks. Will youth make a statement? Or will experience prevail? (And what are the odds I'm going to script some sort of similar-sounding starting syllable sentence somewhere?)
Tampa Bay (A2) vs. Chicago (C3) (Season series: Tampa Bay 1-0-1)
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