NHL Blog Beat – April 27, 2012.

The NHL week in review, a postscript to the Bruins-Capitals series, a commentary on fans and racism, the second round TV schedule, more commentaries on Luongo, a look back at the first round, eulogies for some departed first round teams, playoff predictions, early Conn Smythe trophy candidates, and two of the closest series ever.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker with the NHL week that was, while Grantland.com editor-in-chief and Bruins fan Bill Simmons provides a postscript to his team’s seven-game defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals, including a comment on the racist remarks on Twitter aimed at Capitals forward Joel Ward.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney with a must-read piece: “Why judging a fan base based on the racists makes you no better than them”, while Sean Leahy has the TV schedule for the Conference semi-finals.

Is Luongo a bargain?

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG/RAW CHARGE: Eric Macaramalla explains why Roberto Luongo, even with his big contract, is still a bargain, while “CAustin” explains why Luongo wouldn’t be a disaster for the Lightning.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron has 8 simple thoughts on the first round of this year’s playoffs, including an admission he barely watched the St. Louis-San Jose series. Tsk tsk!

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz offers up eulogies for the 2012 Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers, and predictions for the second round.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Porth with his early Conn Smythe trophy candidates. Don’t worry, Flyers fans, Claude Giroux wasn’t snubbed.

THE SPORTS BANK: Ed Cmar previews the Phoenix Coyotes-Nashville Predators series.

BRODEUR IS A FRAUD: Examines two of the closest series ever.