BOSTON (CBS) – Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney — a former BU Terrier and Scituate, Mass. native — joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak on Friday to talk about the Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference Finals.
The Bruins can sweep the Penguins and punch their ticket for their second Stanley Cup Final in the last three years, something Whitney and nearly everyone else around hockey didn’t see coming.
“It’s showed that the Bruins, once again, they just find ways to win when you’re not sure if they’ll get it done,” said Whitney. “I’ve been to a game every round, and seeing how they play as a team right now, even as a player, it’s very impressive.”
Whitney said he was “shocked” that Pittsburgh is in a 3-0 hole.
“I thought it would be similar to the Vancouver series; if Boston won it would be in six or seven games, and if they did lose they’d lose quick. It’s been the exact opposite,” he said. “By no means is the series over. I’d actually be surprised if they did sweep them just because Pittsburgh has more to give.”
Whitney also touched on the Western Conference Finals — with the Blackhawks going up 3-1 on the Kings Thursday night –and which team the Bruins would be better off playing should they advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Whitney, who will be a free agent, also said he would like to play closer to home next season, but added that with the new salary cap there is a lot of unknown for many players and teams heading into this off-season.