New wave of talent ready to take stage
Later, they might simply remember this as the spring the kids took over the playoff garden.
Or maybe they'll remember it as the spring the bloom returned to places like Chicago or Boston or St. Louis.
Or maybe there's simply no way to separate the two; maybe they are inexorably linked.
Whatever your vantage point as these NHL playoffs begin, this stands as a seminal moment for the NHL in its fourth playoff season since the lockout, a nod to a new wave of ...
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2009 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off Wednesday. Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and the rest of our NHL team preview the first round: