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Wild west filled with upsets

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It’s been a Wild, Wild West in the NHL playoffs. Of the four first round series featuring Western Conference teams, three were upsets and they weren’t even tight series. The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks were the only higher seed to advance in the playoffs, sweeping the Winnipeg Jets, but St. Louis, Nashville and Vancouver are all out after 4-2 series defeats.

It just goes to show that even in a team sport like hockey, the best players are still the ones who win. St. Louis was a great team all year long, but the Wild have Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, who led the way to a quarterfinals victory in the playoffs.

Nashville finished ahead of the Blackhawks after a full season’s worth of games, but Chicago is a team packed full of top end starts like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, who are just getting the job done and making the big plays when their team needs.

The Flames are the only team without all the name recognition to advance. Vancouver is headlined by Daniel and Henrik Sedin but Jiri Hudler, Johnny Gaudreau and goalkeeper Jonas Hiller made the big plays their teams needed to win their series.

It shakes up the West in a huge way, perhaps making the road for the Ducks so much easier, but there is plenty of reason for those three other team’s to believe they can win after the way they achieved success in the quarterfinals.

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