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Original Six And NHL Notes

April 14, 2019

There will be only one “original six” team in the NHL quarterfinal round, as only the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, currently clashing and tied a game apiece, in the first/preliminary round, among the six, qualified for this season’s “‘offs.”

While the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Rangers finished well out of playoffs standing, the Montreal Canadiens were not eliminated from post-season qualification until the penultimate night of the regular season, a victory by the John Tortorella coached Columbus Blue Jackets vs one of his former teams, the aforementioned Rangers, doing the trick.

Currently, in a very surprising, however, not shocking first two games (see the playoff failures for top rated regular season NHL teams in the past. There are so many!), the Blue Jackets walked away with wins at top ranked and record tying Tampa Bay (Lightning), a franchise “Torts” (Tortorella) guided to their lone crown, 15 years ago in 2004.

 

Last season, the Capitals were also down (2-0) after first round home losses vs Columbus. They rallied, not only to “6” the Blue Jackets, but win their first Stanley Cup.

The Lightning could do the same, but their work is cut out for them. Also do not look now, but the Caps up (2-0) after a Saturday afternoon overtime win vs Carolina, are a viable threat to repeat as champions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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