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From DEREK CARSON, Sportsnet Fan Blogger


The 2010-2011 NHL regular season ended in fine fashion. Tim Thomas set a record for the best single-season save percentage of all time at .938. Daniel Sedin topped the league with 104 points on the year (41 goals and 63 assists) while Corey Perry scored the most goals with 50.

But that’s the regular season, and in April, we’re talking about the playoffs.

The first round had some of the best hockey of the entire playoffs. Two series stick out in particular and it’s not surprising that they both featured the teams that would eventually move on to the finals, the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.

In the first round, Boston played Montreal. Remember these two teams? Ya, they still hated each other. Meanwhile Vancouver played the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canucks’ bitter rival who had ousted them from the playoffs the past two years in a row.

So what’s better than two first round series being played between bitter rivals? Well how about Game 7 overtime? How about both series go to Game 7 overtime? How amazing is that?

In both series, there was a tying goal with less than two minutes to go in the final game. Jonathan Toews scored shorthanded for Chicago whereas P.K. Subban scored for Montreal on the power play. They both tied the game up with less than two minutes left. Unreal.

In overtime, Nathan Horton scored for Boston to send Montreal packing and send Boston to the second round to face Philly. For the Canucks, Alex Burrows, the rascal, scored the goal that would exorcise a demon for Vancouver. They had finally beaten Chicago in a game that both Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler said they wanted more than the Olympic gold medal.

The game ended on a sour foot, as “fans” took to the street with lots of anger. A riot broke out, just like back in the day in Montreal. It was a shame the season had to end like that.

About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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