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NHL Playoffs are Second-to-None

Thursday, 05.3.2007 / 3:43 PM ET / News
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NHL Playoffs are Second-to-None
With all due apologies to March Madness, the Super Bowl, October baseball and the like, the second season of the National Hockey League simply has no equal. Quite simply, no other postseason possesses the combination of passion, drama, excitement and identity of the NHL playoffs.

It takes a host of special qualities to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. Though any sport can claim that regular season success doesn’t necessarily translate to postseason celebrating, the NHL playoffs are truly a whole different ballgame.

In the playoffs teams rarely outwork each other, because everyone is working like it’s their last day on earth. No one out-toughs each other in the playoffs, because there isn’t a person on any NHL team that wouldn’t cut off their own right arm for a cup. Injury is a four-letter word in the NHL’s second season.

In the playoffs the goal gets smaller, the goalies get bigger, the spotlight is all encompassing, and every goal is a clutch goal.

There’s nothing like scoring a goal in the playoffs, and there’s nothing like allowing one either. Everything is fought for, goals, assists, loose pucks, inches…etc.

That’s why it’s so important to have players, a team, that are made for playoff success. Players who have clutch in their blood, and a heart big enough to pump the water out of Niagara Falls.

For your convenience, PI took a closer look at the types of players that close the gap between playoff teams, and that silver chalice that will inevitably take its victory lap in June.

To read this article in its entirety, pick up the May issue of Panthers Insider, on newsstands now, or call 954-835-PUCK for subscription information.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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