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Daily Dasherboard Wednesday May 8, 2013

Vancouver is officially the first winner of the “sweeps”stake, losing in the first round to the San Jose Sharks in four games.  Now that my goal of rooting against the Canucks in the playoffs is complete, I can turn my attentions to the other series.  I no longer have to worry about the Vancouver Canucks being the first team from the class of 1970 to win a Stanley Cup.

Who am I kidding, I never have to worry about either team from the class of 1970 winning a Stanley Cup.

Here are some daily links for you to peruse as you get your day started.

Yesterday we featured the power rankings for the playoff goalies.  Today we can take a look at the top ten rookies in the Stanley Cup playoffs.   [Bleacher Report].

Its hard to watch multiple games at once in the Stanley Cup playoffs – even with multiple televisions, and the NHL balancing the schedule as best as it can.  What is your technique at watching all the drama unfold in the first round? [SB Nation].

Are the Ottawa Senators Canada’s only chance at winning the first Stanley Cup for Canada since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens?  Vancouver is out, Toronto is down against the Boston, and Montreal needs a miracle to come back in this series.  [National Post].

It’s not a link – but take a look at the first round matchups, and other than Washington playing New York – the first round in the Eastern Conference contains divisional matchups.  No division matchups appear in the Western Conference.

The New York Islanders tie the series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Will the Islanders keep giving the Penguins fits – or will the “Pittsburgh Model” flip the switch and start running away with games like predicted? [NHL.com].

Can the Swiss continue to roll and keep winning in the IIHF World Championship.  [The Hockey Writers].

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