The Capitals and Rangers showed that the fickle finger of fate make all the difference between winning or losing in triple overtime in the playoffs, writes Scott Burnside.
The buzz around Nashville is palpable; fans sporting Predators gear, local bars and restaurants with placards supporting the team and television screens tuned to hockey even when the Predators aren't playing.
The Flyers are on the verge of returning to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1997. Why? All of their key players were able to rebound in a pivotal Game 4.
The Avalanche fought their way into the postseason, but the Wild's special teams may be too much for Colorado to handle.
Paul Maurice was dubbed a "teacher" in the minors. Scott Burnside thinks that attribute will serve the coach well in his return to the NHL.
The deep freeze is starting to thaw, but the NHL's most difficult work lies ahead.
How will the NHL win back the fans? It's a big challenge that calls for imaginative measures.