NHL Blog Beat – Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Ongoing playoff coverage from around the NHL blogosphere, plus commentaries on the Flyers and Sabres.

The Penguins-Islanders series has been among the best so far this spring.

The Penguins-Islanders series has been among the best so far this spring.

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker ranks the best of the NHL’s playoff games thus far, while Sean McIndoe takes a satirical look at ten types of players you meet in the NHL playoffs.

ANAHEIM CALLING/PUCK DADDY: Jen Neale and Greg Wyshynski rip apart a recent column by a Detroit sports radio host claiming the NHL’s suspension of Justin Abdelkader was not only wrong, but suggested league bias against the Red Wings. Yeah, I’m as gobsmacked by that as everyone else.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL/NUCKS MISCONDUCT: Scotty Wazz offers up his postmortem of the Canucks, while “Zanstorm” points out the Canucks window of opportunity as a Cup contender has officially closed. I’ll have my own Canucks postmortem on May 9 in my Soapbox.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engels on the Canadiens heartbreaking loss to the Senators in Game Four.

SB NATION: Brandon Worley believes we’re being spoiled by the first round of this year’s playoffs. Hopefully, the best is yet to come.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Travis Hughes analyzes the season-ending statements of Flyers owner Ed Snider.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron agrees removing the “interim” from Sabres coach Ron Rolston’s title may be the safe choice, but not necessarily a bad one.