Parity reigns in Round 1 of playoffs 

April, 19, 2010

In the early going, there's only one word for these playoffs: PARITY! Man, these games have been so close. The Pens' 4-2 Game 3 win over the Senators was about the closest thing we've seen to a blowout. Teams are winning overtime games without even launching a shot -- but more on the Sharks and Avalanche later.

This week, we'll head into the meat of the first round. I figured it was a good time to revisit each series with a few thoughts or suggestions for the teams.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.