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Bruins Daily: ESPN Doubts Bruins; Lohrei; Bennett



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Are the so-called experts at ESPN a bit nervous today with the Boston Bruins having the chance to take a 2-0 series lead back to Boston for Games 3 and 4 against the Florida Panthers?

Before it began, the ESPN NHL hockey crew did a panel take on who would win the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and Panthers. Only regular intermission studio host Steve Levy picked the Bruins to come out victorious in the series, picking the underdog Bruins to win in seven games.

Sean Allen: Panthers in six
John Buccigross: Panthers in five
Ryan Callahan: Panthers in six
Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Panthers in five
Sachin Chandan: Panthers in seven
Ryan S. Clark: Panthers in seven
Linda Cohn: Panthers in six
Ray Ferraro: Panthers in six
Leah Hextall: Panthers in six
Emily Kaplan: Panthers in seven
Tim Kavanagh: Panthers in six
Hilary Knight: Panthers in five
Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Panthers in six
Steve Levy: Bruins in seven
Vince Masi: Panthers in six
Victoria Matiash: Panthers in six
Sean McDonough: Panthers in seven
Mark Messier: Panthers in five
AJ Mleczko: Panthers in six
Arda Öcal: Panthers in five
Kristen Shilton: Panthers in five
P.K. Subban: Panthers in six
Bob Wischusen: Panthers in seven
Greg Wyshynski: Panthers in five

Consensus prediction: Panthers (23 of 24 picks)

This puck scribe, by the way, agreed with Levy and also said that the Bruins would ride the momentum of their Game 7 overtime win over the Maple Leafs this past Saturday to beat the rusty Panthers, who had not played since eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 29, in Game 1. Will the Bruins make those 23 on the panel that picked against them regret their picks?



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