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NHL Playoffs- Eastern Conference

Posted on: April 20, 2009 9:12 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2009 9:13 pm

 The NHL playoffs are in full swing, and all anyone can talk about is the first two weeks of baseball, and the upcoming NFL draft...  One of the most exciting sports is in the most exciting part, and no one is talking about it.  So this will hopefully open some of your eyes to what is happening in the fastest sport around.

No. 1 Boston Bruins  vs.  No. 8 Montreal Canadiens - In a long lasting rivalry as fierce as the Red Sox/Yankees one, these two teams have met in the playoffs 31 times, with the Candiens winning 24 of the series.  However, the Bruins are up 2-0 in the best of 7 series, and shouldn't take too much longer to finish it off.

Now for my opinions about the series.  i know I'm a little bit late.

No. 2 Washington Capitals  vs.  No. 7 New York Rangers - The Rangers are surprsisingly in this series, up 2-0 so far, with a game going on now.  The Ranger's aren't supposed to be able to stand up against Alexander Ovechkin, but so far they have shut him down.  Unless the Capitals can steal at least 1 game at MSG, this series is over.

No. 3 New Jersey Devils  vs.  No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes - The Devils are winning this series 2-1, mainly because of goalie Martin Brodeur, who has made save asfter save to help the Devils.  This series should end up with the Devils on top, though relatively close.

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins  vs.  No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers - A very evenly matched series, the Penguins were in 10th place in February, but stormed back to take the #4 seed, and are currently leading the Flyers 2-1.  Probably one of the most evenly matched series this year, the Penguins should come out on top, because of superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Now to converting people to hockey

One of the most exciting sports in the world, hockey isn't the sport it used to be, with fights every 30 seconds, and hundreds of penalties.  even for a die-hard fan like me, that was a bit hard to take.  But now, it has massively decreased the number of fights, increased the action, added to the number of goals, and generally made the sport less like boxing.  There are still fights though, for people who like seeing some violence, as well as intense action that leads to incredible moments and plays.  An incredible sport, it is one of the most popular world wide, but it seems the US is missing out on all of the action.  Here's to hoping that it will eventually get recognized by American's as a great sport.


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