Round Two, Fight!

The NHL isn’t giving it’s teams much time to rest between playoff rounds.

Last night we watched the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers both advance after their game seven victories, The Devils needing a second overtime to knock off the Panthers.

Tonight we will watch the Phoenix Coyotes host the Nashville Predators in the opening match of the second round. Neither team has ever been to a conference final.

Tomorrow the Rangers are back at it, taking on the Washington Capitals and St Louis hosts Los Angeles, two of the remaining four teams in the west, none of which has ever won a Stanley Cup.

So, without further ado, here are my picks for the second round of the playoffs:

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Morning Skate: Is that a weenie in your hat?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

There were three game-three’s on the schedule last night and in each case the road team won by a goal.

Rangers 1 Senators 0

Henrik Lundqvist held off the Ottawa Senators, making 39 saves, and Brian Boyle scored the only goal in a 1-0 Rangers win. Lundqvist made his best save on Kyle Turris, point blank and alone in the slot, with less than a minute to go. Despite speculation he could play, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson sat the game out with concussion symptoms.

Game 4 Wednesday 7:30 EST

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Manic Monday: Recapping the weekend that was

Well kids, I decided to take the weekend off. I’ll probably continue blogging Monday through Friday until the third round when the number of games drops down.

Let’s take a look at what’s transpired in my drunkenness days off.

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Nightly Review: Overtime Heroes and a Game of Zeroes

Rangers 4 Senators 2

Sometimes a timeout can make all the difference. Despite a 1-0 lead in the second period, John Tortorella’s Rangers were being pushed hard by an Ottawa team that had had their number all season. Tortorella called a time out to calm his players and it worked. New York scored the next three goals to establish a 4-0 lead. Ottawa managed to get on the scoreboard with a pair of goals in the third but it was too late.

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Morning Skate: Crossing the line – Weber, Bitz, Briere… and Twitter?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

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Playoff Previews: Bruins vs Capitals

2 Boston Bruins vs 7 Washington Capitals

At times this season, the Bruins have played so well that only they could beat themselves. At other times they did just that. It’s been a controversy filled season with suspensionsnon-suspensions and even political distractions. Taking injury and inconsistency into the playoffs with them, this Bruins team will face some challenges if they look to repeat as champians champions.

The Capitals entered this season with high hopes after an off-season that saw GM George McPhee add depth to an already good team in addition to acquiring a true number one goaltender in Tomas Vokoun. The team failed to live up to the hype and just narrowly avoided missing the playoffs in one of the most disappointing seasons the franchise has had. Can they regroup and give the Bruins a good run?

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