The NHL playoffs this year have been insane. And even that is an understatement.
The playoffs have witness many a bad hit and numerous suspensions and fines, epitomized by Raffi Torres’ twenty-five game suspension for his absolutely vicious hit on Marian Hossa.
This postseason has also showcased one of the highest scoring series in the history of the National Hockey League. The Flyers and Penguins combined to scored 56 goals in their 6-game series in which the Flyers won 4 games to 2. Only in this series between two super-charged offenses completely dominate defenses to the point where you would think you’re looking at a high scoring baseball game rather than a hockey game. With games ending with scores of 8-5, 8-4, and 10-3, I was rather disappointed when the Flyers clinched the series with a lowly 5-1 victory.
In addition, there is a chance that both top seeds can be eliminated before the second round! Last night, the Los Angeles Kings killed the Vancouver Canucks’ chances of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals with a crushing 2-1 overtime win. Not only did the Kings beat the top seed in the series, they also did it convincingly in five games. Considering the Canucks won the President’s Trophy with the best regular season record, this was quite the upset. Over in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers surprising season-long run may come to a screeching halt tonight. The Ottawa Senators’ defense has simply stifled the Rangers’ normally overpowering offense and has taken advantage of any opportunities New York’s stingy defense has given them. Now wouldn’t it be exciting if both top seeds and the perennial powerhouse of the Penguins and Redwings were all eliminated before the second round? It’s starting to look like it’s an underdog’s year.
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