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Down to the final four

The National Hockey League playoffs are now down to the conference finals. In the Eastern confernce we have the Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bolts have had a relatively easy go of it, dispatching the Islanders and Canadiens with ease. They are well rested and have no signidicant injuries. On the other hand, the Flyers had to go through the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Devils in the first round and the Maple Leafs in the second round.

Out in the west, the Calgary Flames are the only Canadian team left in the playoffs and are by far the longest shot still alive. They battled the Canucks in the first round and overcame the President trophy winning Red Wings in the second round. The San Jose Sharks took care of the Blues in the first round and closed out the talented Avalanche team in six games. This series is quite evenly matched with two teams that are not household powerhouse names from the Western conference.

Should be an interesting playoff round as we head to the Stanley Cup finals.
posted at 19:55:42 on 05/06/04 by HockeyCritic - Category: Hockey Talk

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