Not surprisingly, the two teams with the most experience and owners of the past two Stanley Cups, the Anaheim Ducks and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, opened closest to peak performance than any of the eight remaining teams. Both clubs knew how to throw the pace-of-play switch for the second round and that they are playing one another, makes that series the most intriguing. Apologies to Mr.
Not that the marketing dream series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals isn't compelling. Game 1, after all, featured a goal each by
The other Eastern Conference semifinal has the Bruins up 1-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes. The B's are still unbeaten during the playoffs and the 'Canes have yet to secure a win over the Bruins yet this season. They made the necessary adjustments in Round 1 against the Devils and those modifications took shape beginning in Game 2. That has to happen again in this series beginning Sunday night in Boston. The difference is that any adjustments the Hurricanes come up with won't free up
Finally, The Blackhawks head home tied 1-1 with the Vancouver Canucks. Goaltender