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What Is Up With the Playoffs?

Published by on April 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

You would think that having ten years of avid NHL fandom behind me would give me a slight advantage over my rookie housemates in the annual Stanley Cup prediction game.

You'd be wrong.

The reason for this, I think, is that during the season all teams are relatively relaxed, and just go with the flow; they have plenty of time to make up for their mistakes.

When the post-season rolls around, however, they all sh*t their pants and go crazy.

Look at San Jose. They completely dominated the west all the way through the year, then went out in the first round in a haze of bad penalties, missed opportunities, and Joe Thornton's abject hatred of Ryan Getzlaf.

Despite having one of the best g...

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