I am assuming that most of us are watching the other first round series. Just a few comments to get this thread going:
Have to say, I am happy that the LA Kings have started out so strong in the 'other' 1st versus 8th series. While I think Luongo has played well, the rest of the Canucks have not played up to par IMHO and are certainly missing their "other" Sedin. They've really put themselves in tough losing their first two games at home and it will be interesting to see if Schneider gets the call to start in nets in game 3.
That is a very low scoring series so far for Boston and the Caps and considering that the Capitals have a third-string, nobody-knows goalie in nets, kudos to that kid, Holtby, for a stellar couple of games so far. Personally thrilled that Chris Kelly got the only goal in the double OT 1-0 in game 1. He also got an assist in yesterday's game that Capitals won in double OT. If these two teams keep this kind of pace up, it could be an extremely long series.
I am not a fan of either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia so, frankly, I don't care who wins it but only that the teams wear themselves out for whoever the winner has to play next. I'm sure the Pens and their fans are a bit shellshocked with Philly pulling off both wins in the opening two games. Especially game 1 where the Pens held a 3-0 lead at the end of one period. It will be INSANITY today in Philadelphia...their fans will be going NUTS, likely even through the pregame warm-up!
The Phoenix-Chicago series is a fun one to watch! Smith in goal for Phoenix has impressed me lots (and the Chicago player who hit him behind his net last night has a hearing today as well with the NHL). It's a hard-hitting series, end to end and I've enjoyed the first two games!
I haven't watched too much of the other series but it sure does seem like a good bunch of series going on in this first round!