Puck Drops on NHL Playoffs

Posted on May 28, 2014 by

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The Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, both in the Eastern Conference, began their series in New York. Wayne Simmonds lead the series for the Flyers, scoring four total goals. After a back and forth fight, the Rangers won this series 4-3 and moved onto the next round.

Sixteen total teams started off in round one. Eight teams were from the Eastern Conference, while the other eight were from the Western Conference. These teams played the best of seven games, and the winner moved on to the next round.

Another first round matchup was the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Penguins’ Matt Niskanen led the series with eight points. The Penguins won 4-2 in this series against the Blue Jackets.

The Bruins also won their series against the Detroit Red Wings after winning four games to one. Goalie Tuukka Rask of the Bruins led the NHL and the series with a GAA of 1.52, a save percentage of .946, and one shutout. However, the Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk led the series with three goals and five points.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiennes are the last of the Eastern Conference teams to play. Carey Price, goalie of the Canadiennes, leads the NHL with 5 wins. The Canadiennes shut out the Lightning 4-0 in their series after Brendan Gallagher led the series with three goals and five points.

From the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars faced each other in the first round. The Ducks won four games while the Stars won two, making the Ducks the winners of the series. Jamie Benn led the series with four goals for the Ducks.

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings were also a part of the Western Conference. This series began with the Sharks winning the first three games, but the Kings came back and ended up beating the San Jose Sharks with a 4-3 series. The Kings player with the most points and goals was Anze Kopitar. He led the series with four goals and a total of ten points.

The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild also played. Paul Stastny of the Avalanche led with 10 points and 5 goals, which was the highest in the NHL and the series. Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon also led the NHL with 8 assists. Minnesota won the series winning four games to three, after winning the seventh game in overtime 5-4.

The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are the last for the Western Conference. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues with a 4-2 game series. The next round of the playoffs is currently taking place. Only eight teams are left in the second round, on the road to the final game.

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