The harder they fall: two playoff giants ousted

As the picture above shows, the first round of the playoffs is drawing closer to a conclusion. Four of the eight series are complete and the two games tonight could add to that total.

Yesterday saw the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated. Both teams were expected to make lengthy runs and in both cases there are a lot more questions than answers at the moment. Continue reading

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Playoff Previews: Penguins vs Flyers

4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs 5 Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh heads into the playoffs as healthy as they have been in the past three years (They won the cup three years ago). Sidney CrosbyJordan Staal and Kris Letang all missed significant time this year and all are ready to play in what should be the best series of the first round and, if I am bold enough to predict so, the entire playoffs this year.

It’s no secret that the Flyers have some serious hate for their cross-state rivals. The teams split their last two games and combined for 115 penalty minutes in them. Even the coaching staff got involved. If there is one prediction likely to come true, it’s from Scott Hartnell: “It’s going to be a bloodbath.”

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