#2 Boston Bruins / #7 Washington Capitals
Capitals lead series 3-2 after a 4-3 win
This series has definitely been the hardest to predict. It's like one night they have overtime with a 0-0 tie and then the next it's a 4-3 game that was back and forth hockey.
Troy Brouwer scored the game-winner under two minutes left in the third period. We were as surprised as the Bruins.
Also, who would have thought that Braden Holtby would be outplaying Tim Thomas? Yeah, you can say that it isn't just the goaltenders, it's the team but honestly which goaltender looks better than the other? Honestly.
#3 Florida Panthers / #6 New Jersey Devils
Panthers lead series 3-2 after a 3-0 win
Only a few days after being beat 4-0, the Panthers came back with Jose Theodore in net and shutout the Devils.
Kris Versteeg scored the game-winner and his second of the series. These games are pretty low-scoring compared to other series but the games are shockingly exciting and fun to watch.
When we saw that Scott Clemmensen was in for the Panthers last game, we thought it was a mistake. Theodore has been the best for the Panthers in this series and he just had a tough period. We believe that he is the key to the Panthers success in this series.
#1 New York Rangers / #8 Ottawa Senators
Senators lead series 3-2 after a shocking 2-0 win in New York
Jason Spezza scored both goals, the last one on an empty net, in this game. They were his first two in this year's playoffs.
The fact that the Senators have the lead in this series is surprising. Admittedly, we do not get to watch many Senators games but this is still pretty crazy.
But then you remember how the Rangers were in years before. How they always had trouble scoring goals. And how they always lost in 1-0 games with Lundqvist making a trillion saves. And then you remember that it could happen.
#2 St. Louis Blues / #7 San Jose Sharks
Blues eliminate the Sharks this series 4-1
The second period is when the Sharks took the lead on the strength of a Joe Thornton goal.
But then the third rolled around and the Blues exploded for three goals by Jamie Langenbrunner, David Perron and Andy McDOnald. It was like they were possessed to win and just did an amazing job at keeping the Sharks at bay.
Andy McDonald had a brilliant series and made his linemates better. When the top line can't score, the Blues have depth for miles. The West has to be the toughest conference, especially during the playoffs.
#3 Phoenix Coyotes / #6 Chicago Blackhawks
Coyotes lead series 3-2 after a stunning OT win for the Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews is a determined man. And he scored a very important and serious goal for the Blackhawks less than three minutes into the overtime.
The Coyotes were playing in front of their home crowd and they were facing a desperate team but they still played really well. They carried the majority of the play in the beginning but the Hawks were playing to win and you could tell.
It was also nice to see Gilbert Brule score the Coyotes first goal and also the first playoff goal of his career.