the center-on-out theory goes double, triple, quadruple, quintuple and to the moon for ice hockey, and any time you can trail the entire league in goals-allowed, let alone ice a netminder who set the nhl record for season save percentage, you are in the playoff running. (nightmares of mr. ken dryden). giving up the fewest goals takes more than just tank thomas, and darth mcquaider is the new sheriff in beantown, and you can talk all you want about chara, but this guy is my vote for non-goaltender mvp. (chara ain't so shabby--don't get me wrong--this is a special kid we've got right here on our blue line).
no, he ain't no bobby orr, but nobody else ever will be.
michael ryder has awoken, and i think the reverberations from nathan horton's fists and flips towards the nets have done it. milan is as should be, and across the lineup we have quality players with a taste for something more. it's not the classic up-the-middle champion at center, (yet--this is a young team!) but patrice and david do a nice 1-2 job at the top, and campbell is the best fourth-line center in hockey bar none.
i love this team.