The NHL Playoffs Quarterfinals are over and now the 2013 NHL Playoffs gear up for another round: The Conference Semifinals. The first round was filled with some amazing comeback victories, some hard fought wins and the usual spoilers. Here is what we are looking at for the NHL Playoffs Round 2 match-ups:
The last two games of the first rounded concluded last night, with some of the best heart racing hockey we may have seen. The one game on most people’s mind this morning was the Bruins vs Leafs. The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs were a Game 7 Battle Royale, where both teams were fighting to advance. The Leafs were dominate through the first two periods, looking like they were killing the spirit of the Bruins, as they held on to a 4-1 lead into the 3rd period.
This certainly was not looking well for the Bruins, as fans trickled from the building. With literally just minutes left in their final game, this Boston Strong team pulled through with the likes of Zdeno Chara (tying the game) and Patrice Bergeron scoring the winning goal in overtime. This Boston Bruins team won deservedly in front of their home crowd, as the Leafs were sent packing after an amazing game themselves.
If this next round of series games are anything like the first, we are in for an amazing treat. As an added bonus, 4 of the original 6 hockey teams will be playing each other to advance to the next round: Chicago, Boston, New York and Boston. There will be two California teams battling it out with LA and San Jose, not to mention an incredible rivalry between the Blackhawks and Red Wings that can’t be missed.
The first round of games are set to kick off tonight (Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa) and will run into next week, once again, being a first to 4 games out of 7. Expect the the physicality of the games to increase; as well as the heart pounding power plays and any over time minutes to be tense as ever. Never has hanging on every shot of a puck been so exciting!
Who’s your pick for advancing onto the next round? Any favorites you see getting spoiled? Who do you want in the Stanley Cup Finals? Let us know in the comment section below!