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Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Thread - April 21

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Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators - Game Four
Sweet Sweepers
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Subbing in for Yankee who was subbing in for the Kent machine who is still out saving lives this morning afternoon.

Did you come here to Mock the Hawks comment on playoff hockey? Perfect. Let’s start with this:

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators
Blackhawk Down
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The Preds have never swept a round in the playoffs. Until yesterday. As they say in famous curling pop songs, The First Sweep is the Deepest.

Congrats to the upstarts from the most eastern point in the west!

Meanwhile.... Les Habs played awesome for 1.5 periods. Since it worked so well for Montreal, the San Jose Snarks used the same tactic to great success - for Edmonton and Sportsnet. You have one job to do SJ, get us your 1st round pick. Work harder or look for another job.

Today’s big fat whole in the face of the planet:

Center of the Universe Maple Buds vs Washington Cap Guns - 4PM PDT / CBC

The most important game of our AMFB’s new career in the eastern provinces:

Boooooooins vs the Senators of Sanity - 4:30PM PDT / SN

Nothing happening out west, ‘cause the Mighty Ducks can take of business in 4 easy instalments. Unlike...say other Cali teams who won’t be named until later.

Enjoy the dwindling choices of teams to mess with your playoff bracket.