Originally written April 27, 2012 on MyTeamRivals.com:
Looking back at the last two weeks, this really is the only way it could have happened. On a night that the final two series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ first round played their seventh games, it took 23:47 of overtime and nearly four hours from the opening faceoff before the New Jersey Devils closed out the Florida Panthers. Rookie Adam Henrique’s second goal of the game was the final one in a 48-game span that proved no postseason is quite like hockey’s. Over the last two nights, three series reached a single game in which the loser got to start planning their summer vacations. On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins – a team which picked up 43 points over one 24-game stretch earlier this year – had their Stanley Cup defense on the line against a Washington Capitals squad that had fired head coach Bruce Boudreau after a 12-9-1 start. As it turns out, Dale Hunter was no more successful after taking the reins, as the team continued to play at a clip just percentage points above .500 But on...
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