The Borg: Round 2
Ryan Ellis (def. Scott Darling, 60-40)
In a battle that almost mirrored the on-ice results between the Blackhawks and Predators, Ryan Ellis took a big red victory over Scott Darling. The game is upped a notched in Round 2, but something tells us Ellis's face is up to the task.
Martin Hanzal (def. Kyle Brodziak, 53-47)
Kyle Brodziak's Blues got the real-life win, but Hanzal's mug takes the larger—and therefore more symbolic—victory. He'll see a stiffer challenge in the second round, but don't kid yourselves: this beard is here to play.
Joe Thornton (def. Patrick Maroon, 78-22)
Jumbo Joe might have been playing on a wonky knee in the first round, but when it came to the beard bracket, it was smooth skating. The Sharks are done for the year, but Thornton's whiskers are ready for a heavyweight battle.
Patrick Eaves (def. T.J. Brodie, 72-28)
Let's be honest, this matchup wasn't exactly fair to Brodie. Look at Eaves's chin and you know that it was built for a competition like this. Of course, things get dicey in the second round, as the Ducks forward goes follicle-to-follicle with another big-time favorite.
Braden Holtby (def. Nazem Kadri 67-33)
Unfortunately for Kadri and the Maple Leafs, there wasn't much time to see if their beards could actually grow in. Holtby's victory was big, but there's not a whole lot of time to celebrate with another whisker war on the horizon.
Nick Bonino (def. Kyle Quincey, 64-36)
This bracket wasn't as close as we expected, as Bonino's Lincoln-style did a number on Kyle Quincey's lumberjack. While the Penguins prepare for a big-time matchup with Capitals, Bonino's bearded variety of big-time offense could help get him a little more screen time in the spotlight.
Jordie Benn (def. Kevin Klein, 74-26)
Jordie Benn's masterpiece took one of the biggest Round 1 wins, and while Kevin Klein gets to play on in the postseason, Benn gets to concentrate on winning The Borg as a heavy favorite.
Erik Karlsson (def. Drew Stafford, 51-49)
The tightest victory in the opening round, Karlsson edged his way past Drew Stafford with a two-point margin of victory. His minimalist style is easy on the eyes and a little lighter on the skates, but the slick Swede will have to step things up a notch in the second round.