The first round of the NHL playoffs concluded in wacky fashion Monday night. While the Rangers beat down Washington on the road in one Game 7, the seemingly-doomed Bruins rewarded those fans who kept
the faith with a historic late-game comeback against Toronto.
So the Maple Leafs and Capitals joined the Canadiens, Wild, Ducks, Canucks, Blues and, yes, Islanders out on the golf course for the long summer.
Accompanying the Rangers and Bruins in the final eight are the Penguins, Senators, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Kings, and Sharks. The vintage fans are surely delighted that half the teams remaining
(NY/Bos/Chi/Det) are Original Six squads. With all four teams matching up against each other, clearly they will be thrust into the limelight.
The blog's first-round picks
went a lukewarm 5-3. Even more
disappointing, the teams who won the 'Battle of the Guardians' went an impossibly-bad 1-5-2. Coming back for round two, perhaps these guardians can restore some order.
With the well-represented Isles now out of the picture, I have a clear mind for round two. It all starts tonight ...
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