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Blue Line Buzz: Early Playoff Reactions

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

-There's always something exciting about playoff hockey beginning, but CBC nailed it with their opening montage on Wednesday night prior to Game 1 of the Boston-Toronto series. Get excited folks.

-It's still surprising to see Toronto tying up its series with Boston considering how much better of an all-around team Boston is. The Bruins can cycle the puck, play with a nasty edge that few teams can match and have the league's best defensemen in Zdeno Chara, a man who can singlehandedly shut down the opposition and force them to alter its game plan. (Where's Phil Kessel lining up?) However, the Leafs rolled to a 4-2 win on Saturday in Game 2 with the series heading back to Toronto on Monday, getting two goals from Joffrey Baratheon Lupul, but it was James van Riemdsyk's Datsykuian-like

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