Post-season's ABCs

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

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For those who need a post-season primer, Sun Media offers the NHL playoffs, A to Z:

A is for Alex, Ovechkin and Kovalev, and Alex Auld if Tim Thomas fails the Boston Bruins.

B is for beer, Brodeur and Bob Cole, three playoff staples. Oh yes, and Capitals' quotable coach Bruce Boudreau.

C is for Chris Chelios and Colin Campbell, two no-nonsense people to avoid meeting at this time of year.

D is for the Ducks and the Dominator, meeting in the Western final.

E is for Elimination of Leafs Nation, the NHL's new spring ritual.

F is the '42 Leafs, the only team to come back from a 3-0 disadvantage in the final.

G is for goaltending, as in Giguere, and gabby as in Grapes and Gary Galley.

H is for Les Habitants sont la.

I is for Iginla, Calgary's shining star.

J is for Jumbo Joe Thornton taking the Sharks into June.

K is for the Kid named Sid and killing penalties, the first secret to playoff success.

L is for owner Ted Leonsis, finally rewarded for sticking it out with the Caps.

M is for Mike Murphy running the replay war room in Toronto and for Maggie the Monkey, TSN's prognosticating primate, who is picking Philly.

N is for New York against New Jersey. We can hear Sean Avery from here.

O is for overtime, octopi at the JLA and Odie Cleghorn, who scored the first playoff overtime goal in 1919.

P is for power-play percentage, the second part of the equation.

Q is for Joel Quenneville, coach of the Avs, still looking for his first Cup.

R is for Rocket Richard and five consecutive Cups for Montreal in the '50s, and its rookie goalie, Carey Price.

S is for the surging Sharks, but definitely not St. Louis, either the Blues or Martin of the Lightning.

T is for television, a game every night through April, and Tiny Thompson, who made 113 saves for Boston in a 1933 overtime game.

U is for underdog, as in the Senators and Predators.

V is for Vitaly Vishnevski helping the New Jersey Devils defence.

W is for the world championship, where first-round casualties are headed.

X is XLVII, the Roman numeral representing Chicago's 47-year Cup drought.

Y is for youth being served. Twenty-four players in the Washington-Philly series are making playoff debuts.

Z is for Zamboni and what the hell, Zarley Zalapski's 48 playoff games, and Richard Zemlak, who played one for the Pens in 1989 and managed to get a 10-minute misconduct.


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