I know there is a lot of shock to the Wahsington Capitol fans out there. All I have to say is wait until next year.
Will the Sharks win tonight?
No i think Detroit is going to win. I think they have too much pride and too many great players to get beat four straight.
Are you surprised at how the Sharks have taken it to the Red Wings so far in their series given how well Detroit played vs. Phoenix?
The Sharks are a great team but don't forget two games went into overtime. It could easily be 2-1 Detroit right now. And don't forget the Sharks beat Detroit in last seasons playoffs also.
In a Sharks-Canucks West final, which team has more offensive depth?
I would say it's pretty even. They both have great lines at can score. I think this series will come down to goaltending.
Barry, is this Lids last year? My heart tells me so.
I don't think so, I think he will play one more year. He had a great year and he is still one of the best defensemen in the game. He was healthy and it's really tough to quit playing when you are still great.
Barry... You gonna be jumping on any time soon???
Maybe in the Finals. I think whoever wins the West, wins the Stanley Cup.
What can the Red Wings do to avoid a sweep tonight?
Score in overtime.
If the Bruins close out the Flyers, how do you think the Bruins/Lightning series will shape out?
I would give the edge in goal to the Bruins. Edge on defense to the Bruins. Offense to the Lighting. Special teams to the Lighting. My pick would be Bruins in seven.
Barry wen went from a bunch of 7 game series in round 1 to potentially almost all sweeps in round 2. What gives?
Crazy! Obviously teams that are doing the sweeping really pulled their games together in the first round. Saw things they needed to work on and fixed those problems.
Are we done? Or can we find enough offense to make this a series?
Sorry Rinne, but I think you are done. You needed to win Game 3. Vancouver is winning without the Sedin twins being major contributors.
the flyers are maxed out on payroll, they still don't win, where do they go from here?
I think they have to address their goaltending situation. Maybe make some trades to clear some cap room and get a goalie.
Is Bobrovsky the long term answer for Philly? I know he's young but it's frustrating having the same isuue every year. What do they do if he's not the future?
Well I know Philly though he was the answer but they certainly gave up on him very quickly int he first round.
how do you think the blackhawks will look next year?
Not much different. There isn't much they can do with their cap space and obviously they are still a very good team.
Who's more likely to come back down 0-3 in the series? Flyers or Red Wings?
Red Wings but it would be very hard against San Jose because they are an excellent hockey club.
Who are your frontrunners for the Conn Smythe so far?
Tim Thomas, Marty St. Louis and Ryan Kesler.
Does Nashville open up their checkbook to keep Weber (and his awesome beard) or does he leave for GREENER pastures?
I think they have to keep Weber. It's hard to sell it to your fans that you are trying to win and let your caption and best player walk.
Barry, do the Bruins exorcise last years demons tonight? If so, how would you rate a Lightning-Bruins series?
I think the Bruins do win tonight and I think they will beat the Lightning in seven games.
Transplanted Bay Area Sharks Fan.... I've never seen Joe Thornton play this well overall. What to you think is contributing to this (finally)?
I think just, he has too. He's under a tremendous amount of pressure to preform and he has a great supporting cast.
Why did I get ZERO nods for the Jack Adams?
Well they can only nominate three but I think you have done a fantastic job this season with the Lightning.
What are your thoughts on the NHL staying with NBC/Comcast/Versus?
Obviously I was disappointed. I know ESPN tried very hard to get it back but the size of the deal shows a tremendous commitment by NBC.
Hockey fan in Kansas City...what are the chances we ever get our own team?
Slim but not out of the question. You need some wealthy guy in Kansas City that wants a hockey team.
barry your on sportscenter right now? which is supposed to be live... how is this possible?
I taped that at 12:15 p.m. ET and that rolls once an hour until 3 p..m ET where I will tape another one. And do that over at 6 p.m. ET.
True or false: Hockey is the greatest sport on Earth!
True by far.
Is there anyway that ESPN will consider doing a 30 minute NHL show nightly?
No, not without us having the hockey package.
Hey Barry, big fan of yours. Will we ever see Wayne Gretzky coach in the NHL again?
I don't think so. I hope he comes back into hockey in some role but I don't think it will be as a coach.
What do you think about Pavalski stepping it up in the playoffs this year?
Well he did the same thing last season. If you look at his history going back to college, he's always had the knack of scoring big goals.
Who's your favorite player to watch in the second rounds so far?
I would have to say Marty St. Louis from Tampa.
Who do you think has the best Power Play and Penalty Kill in the playoffs right now?
I think Tampa has the best power play and Boston probably has the best penalty killing.
Happy Aniversary to the Whalers leaving for Carolina....still sad to this day.
I know there are a lot of Whalers fans here at ESPN and they are still loyal to the Whale.
Everybody enjoy the games tonight. Talk to you again next week!