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THE DESERT DOG BLOG: THOUGHTS ON THE SECOND ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Information, observations and anecdotes about the Coyotes

as told by Dave Vest, the team's V.P. of News Content


The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue to intrigue me.

I knew the Chicago Blackhawks were a good, young team but I am surprised they have advanced this deep into the postseason. Logic suggests their youth and inexperience will be exposed by the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals. The Red Wings beat the Blackhawks four out of six times in the regular season, but the Blackhawks won the last two. We’ll see what happens…

One thing I can guarantee will happen is that the fans inside United Center in Chicago will stand and applaud throughout the entire national anthem. For those who’ve never witnessed this tradition in person, trust me, it’s goose-bump material.

I was pleased to see Danny Cleary score the key goal for the Red Wings in Game 7 against the Ducks. Cleary, who used to play for the Coyotes not too long ago, is a great guy and a hard worker and his success with the Red Wings is well-deserved.

The Ducks deserve credit for pushing the Red Wings to the limit. Five games in the seven-game series were decided by one goal.
"It was the best series I've been in," Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock told reporters.

Meanwhile, over in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes continue to wow me and others. Seriously, how are they beating teams like Boston and New Jersey? Goalie Cam Ward has quietly played well in the postseason…again. FYI, Ward has won all six of the NHL playoff series in which he has played.

Now, Ward and the “Cardiac Canes” get to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. These teams split four games in the regular season, which makes sense because they play a similar style. Keep an eye on the Staal brothers – Carolina’s Eric and Pittsburgh’s Jordan – as they try to outdo each other in the first meeting of brothers in a conference final series since the Espositos in the 1970s.


Thanks for reading.

Dave
thedesertdogblog@phoenixcoyotes.com
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