This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.Forgive me for pouring on the praise, but you have to admit these were one of the most exciting opening rounds in recent NHL playoff memory. Almost every series turned out to be hard fought battles containing multiple plot twists and surprise situations. Were you looking for a few late equalizers and plenty of overtime? Check. How about some end-to-end action with a side of wow? Check again. Did you ever think about changing the channel to some other sport? Better check yourself.
But nothing in front of the crease could compare to the drama inside the blue ice. Did anyone foresee Antti Niemi looking overmatched on multiple occasions? How about the rotating Philly carousel of starters? Who would've thought Roberto Luongo could ever not be considered to start an important game? And the funny thing is that all three of these situations occurred on teams that advanced.
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