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Around the League: In the East

Here's a look around the Eastern Conference at each series, in order by seed number.


I guess we shouldn't be surprised to see such a physical and high intensity series between the Bruins and Les Habitants but, woah. Things are getting pretty chippy. Speaking of that particular video, Lucic has been suspended for one game. Unfortunately for Montreal, this probably won't matter all too much as they're down 2-0 and have been completely dominated by the Bruins. Things could change tonight as the series shifts to Montreal but it's not looking too good.

Washington/New York

Well, not many people saw the series heading back to New York with a 2-0 Rangers lead did they? Henrik Lundqvist has been a big part of the New York success. Another big part of the 2-0 lead for the Rangers is the Capitals' inability to capitalize on the powerplay. The #2 unit in the regular season has been stymied by the Rangers' PK unit (the #1 PK). Gotta feel bad for Simeon Varlamov in his playoff debut in net for the Caps, stopping all but one shot and losing the game. Caps get a chance to turn things around as the series shifts to New York tonight.

New Jersey/Carolina

The Canes and Devils split the series in New Jersey 1-1. New Jersey outplayed Carolina 4-1 in the first game, outshooting the 'Canes 39-19. Carolina came back strong in game two with a 2-1 overtime win, looking more like the team that was 8-2 in its last 10 coming into the start of the playoffs. Game 3 in Raleigh was an incredibly high energy game and was tied at 2 through three periods so a second straight OT game was needed. Travis Zajac scored the game winning goal for New Jeresey at 4:58 of the first overtime period on a rebound given up by Cam Ward. Game 4 is Tuesday with the Devils up 2-1. This has been a close series and has been one of the most entertaining series of the playoff season thus far.


The Flyers brought it back to one game with a very physical game on Sunday. One of the highlights surely had to be Chris Kunitz's devastating hit on Kimmo Timonen. Give Timonen for getting up after being rocked like that but he needs to learn to keep his head up. Malkin has played well for Pittsburgh and Fleury has made some incredible stops, but the Game 3 victory could bring new life to the Flyers. Pittsburgh is up 2-1 in the series but the Flyers could even it up on Tuesday.

Let's hear what you think on these series so far!