Found April 27, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
The first round of the NHL playoffs wrapped up last night, and it was a perfect example of just how exciting the playoffs are. Three out of the eight series went to a game seven, a one seed was knocked out and another was challenged, and there were 16 total games that went in overtime. But what was more surprising to see was how well the defensive-orientated teams did against offensive-orientated teams, especially in the Western Conference. Before, the NHL playoffs were battles between star forwards, but this year we’re seeing a totally different story. Teams with high offensive power (Chicago, Detroit, and Vancouver) are being outplayed and ousted by, essentially, their opponents’ goaltenders. The Nashville Predators ousted the Detroit Red Wings in just five games. It was the first time Detroit had been ousted in the first round of the playoffs since 2006. Nashville’s goaltender, Pekka Rinne, had a .944 save percentage and was a major reason why Nashville was able to win the seri...
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