NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Chris Hadfield returned to Earth at 10:31 p.m. Eastern time a sad man -- Canada's space station commander is a HUGE Leafs' fan. No wonder he had a hard time getting out of the space capsule. He had to dry his tears first.
  • Andrew Ference arrived at the arena in a walking boot. Wade Redden was a late scratch. And the Bruins lost Dennis Seidenberg after two shifts. They may have gotten out of the first round, but they won't get far with a back-end held together with chewing gum and bailing wire.  
  • Hands up if you picked Derick Brassard to be the Rangers' top scorer after round one. No-one? I thought so. Deal him now, keeper leaguers -- he'll never be worth more.
  • The high-octane Caps' offense poured in 149 goals in 48 games this season -- that's 3.1 per game. The post season? They managed just 12 goals all series. Six of those came in two games and none were scored in the last 120 minutes of play. The loss wasn't Braden Holtby's. But then again, I've said that before. 
  • You can't keep a good man down. Patrice Bergeron was finally the difference maker. Helmet's off to you. You can be on my team any day.
  • Yes, the Leafs let their fans down, but they shouldn't be ashamed. This team proved they weren't afraid of the big, bad Bruins. And they also proved they have plenty of potential in the next couple years.
  • The Bruins are toast if Marc Staal can return to action in the second round. Just saying.


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