NHL Postseason Blog Beat – May 14, 2013.

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.

Leafs fans in mourning.

Leafs fans in mourning.

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.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz reviews what went wrong for the recently eliminated Maple Leafs and Capitals, and offers up previews and predictions for the Conference Semifinals.

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”.