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Playoffs Preview and Live Thread, May 6

YESTERDAY'S RESULTS: PIT 5 - 4 NYI (OT), Penguins lead 2-1 // CHI 2 - 3 MIN (OT), Blackhawks lead 2-1 // MTL 1 - 6 OTT, Senators lead 2-1 // VAN 2 - 5 SJS, Sharks lead 3-0

What a goalieman.
What a goalieman.

I've got a final I've spent all day getting ready for, so here's the super half-ass edition for today's thread.

#4 Boston Bruins at #5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1)

7:00 Eastern, NHL Network, CBC, RDS

The Leafs were about 1000x better in game two than game one, and the Bruins were slightly worse. Wonderful goals from Phil Kessel (AGAINST BOSTON!) and James van Riemsdyk, as well as two from Joffrey Lupul, gave Toronto a win (and their best game of the season really). Tuukka Rask was superhuman but even that wasn't enough. This game is scheduled during the final I mentioned. I am not impressed.

Jeez could I be more of a Leafs homer? Yes. Shut up. I'm holding back here.

#3 Washington Capitals at #6 New York Rangers (2-0 WSH)

7:30 Eastern, NBC Sports, TSN

So far the story of the series has been Braden Holtby. Sound familiar? Saturday's game two was an exercise in excellent goaltending as Washington won 1-0 in overtime.

#2 Anaheim Ducks at #7 detroit red wings (2-1 ANA)

8:00 Eastern, CNBC, TSN

Game three's score was 4-0 Anaheim. (pause for laughter) Amway's team will be without Justin Abdelkader for this and the next game, due to his SAVAGE ATTACK leaping headshot.

#4 St. Louis Blues at #5 Los Angeles Kings (2-1 STL)

10:00 Eastern, NBC Sports, TSN

Through three games there have been seven goals, but the series hasn't wanted for excitement, some from late goals, but a lot of it brought out by douchy play from Dustin Brown and David Backes. Brian Elliott has been Good Brian Elliott. Jonathan Quick has been a badass except when he hasn't.