On Sharks, commercials, and Halak 

May, 3, 2010

It didn't take long for us to get knee deep in the second round. I'm definitely starting to expect the unexpected in this wild post-season. Here are 10 things that I noticed watching the early second-round games over the weekend.

1. Changed Sharks team: The San Jose Sharks are starting to look a lot different this spring. In their first two games against the Detroit Red Wings, I see a team that's battling harder and less easily discouraged. I'll be curious to see how they look in Detroit on Tuesday night. And I also wonder just how long Joe Pavelski can keep scoring monster goals. "The Big Pavelski" leads all playoff snipers with nine goals in eight games. What a great nickname! The former Wisconsin star fired off a game-high 11 shots in the Game 2 win. Keep shooting, kid.

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.