Monday, May 13, 2013

A Look At The FIrst Round Of The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs



While most are looking towards the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which are set to kickoff in less then 24 hours, some of the wounds and story-lines from the first wound are still very fresh. The first round of the playoffs had upsets, dramatics, heroics and even a sweep. Here is a quick look at some of the chaos that unfolded through the first 44 games of this year's post season dance.

  • The Vancouver Canucks still can not win when in it counts, they could not even win a game this year and wear swept and eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in just four games. After another disappointing outcome for the Canucks, we may have seen the end of Alain Vigneault or Mike Gillis' time with Vancouver. 
  • By the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings advancing to the next round they set up an all California series, and guaranteed a California club in the Conference Finals for the eighth time in the last ten years.
  • Speaking of the Kings, they swept the St. Louis Blues for a second straight year. Well it wasn't exactly a sweep but they won four straight games after falling behind in the series 0-2 to win the series.
  • The Anaheim Ducks are the California team left on the outside looking in, after squandering a 3-2 series lead and losing game seven on home ice. On the other hand the Red Wings aren't looking too bad now are they? Nick Lidstrom who?