First round recaps, second round previews and predictions, NHL ratings and merchandise sales and much more.
GRANTLAND.COM: Sean McIndoe looks at the best and worst of the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
DEADSPIN: Barry Petchesky cites the Maple Leafs heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins as a prime example of how hockey can hurt you. Really, really hurt you. Break-your-heart-and-leave-you- in-a- heap hurt you.
BACKHAND SHELF: Scott Lewis revisits the “Who won the Phil Kessel Trade?” argument and finds the deal has worked out for both sides now.
ON FROZEN BLOG: Elizabeth Meinecke reflects on the Washington Capitals Game Seven loss to the NY Rangers.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Arik Parnass makes a convincing case why NY Islanders GM Garth Snow should’ve been a finalist for NHL GM of the Year.
SB NATION: Travis Hughes has the complete schedule for the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
MILE HIGH HOCKEY: An Avalanche fan laments what his once-great team has become.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Luke Tully reports NHL ratings and attendance are at record highs, but apparel sales are reportedly down.
HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Details statistics from each game of the Conference Quarterfinals.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: “The Handshake”.