The first week of the postseason should have been indication enough that the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs was going to be something special. In the end, it took 48 games, a record 16 overtimes, and countless unforgettable moments to make this a first round that fans won't soon forget.
1. More overtime: Could there have been a more appropriate ending for the first round than the double-OT finale between the Devils and Panthers on Thursday? Of the three Game 7s in the first round, two required overtime, and three of the eight first-round series ended with an overtime goal.
In fact, if this postseason is remembered for anything, it might be extra time. The 16 overtime finishes in the first round established a new record for a single playoff round, previously set in 2001. Fortunately, all this overtime didn't keep everyone up too late. Only three of the 16 overtime games required more than one extra period.