April 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) prepares to check Philadelphia Flyers left wing Eric Wellwood (47) in the corner during the third period in game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Playoff games get better and better the deeper it goes because there's so much on the line in the latter rounds, but from an excitement standpoint there is probably nothing better than the first round. The way the field gets weeded down from 16 to 8, the upsets that happen every night, the electricity in the buildings, the ability to read as much content as you want from blogs and the MSM across North America. Everyone is dialed in right now.
But the best part of the postseason has to be days like today. Four games on a Sunday, your final day of the weekend booked solid from 9 AM to 10 PM. There's really nothing like it, and whether you're nursing a hangover after a Sharks loss or enjoying the day with your friends and family, this is the kind of day when you realize how blessed you are to be a fan of this wonderful game.
Here's the schedule:
NHL Playoffs: April 13, 2012
|Away||Home||series||Time (PST) ||Television|
||9:00 AM||NBC, CBC
||12:00 PM||NBC, TSN|
|New Jersey||Florida||NJD 1-0||4:30 PM||NBC Sports Network, TSN|
|Vancouver||Los Angeles||LAK 2-0||7:00 PM||NBC Sports Network, CBC|
The Flyers and Kings could really cost some people in playoff pools big coin today.
Enjoy the action.