2012 NHL Playoffs: Sunday Games Open Thread

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
Nashville Detroit
Tied 1-1
9:00 AM NBC, CBC
Pittsburgh Philadelphia PHI 2-0
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.

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