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Second, Third Round Updates

The Habs beat Pittsburgh, as predicted, but their Cinderella story came to an abrupt end against Philly. Vancouver fizzled and sputtered against Chicago, and the Sharks tanked yet another year in a humiliating sweep.

Chicago beat San Jose for two main reasons. Number one, Chicago is younger, faster and more disciplined. Number two, the Sharks team simply didn’t coalesce into the goal scoring machine it should have been. The big guns – Heatley and Thornton were notably absent. Only Patrick Marleau, the Aneroid, SK native produced. The Sharks second line of Setoguchi, Pavelski, Clowe et al. carried the weight of the team. Nabokov appeared to still be “shook” from the pummeling he received courtesy of Team Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The Hawks were very good, production from all lines, including a suprising goal scoaring surge by Dustin Byfuglien. Niemi was also on fire.

The Habs just ran out of gas. It was beginning to feel a bit like ’93 again with the prospect of Montreal in the Cup Final. On another note, I’m regretting not taking Richards and Carter in my playoff pool. If I hadn’t changed those picks in the last-minute for first round disappointments Zajac and Langebrunner, I’m pretty sure I’d have won the pool.

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