NHL playoffs rife with parity

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Are you scratching your head at some of these NHL playoff series?

If you are, stop scratching and listen up.

How can the LA Kings lose their first 3 games of the playoffs against the Sharks before rifling off 6 straight wins to eliminate San Jose and go up 2-0 on the Anaheim Ducks?

It’s called momentum, great goaltending, and parity.

Why have the Montreal Canadiens been so good in this year’s playoffs?

Chalk it up to good team play, scoring first, and parity.

How can Pittsburgh look so lifeless one game and amazing the next night?

Talent helps, so does motivation, and — you guessed it — parity.

Gone are the days of dominating playoff series victories in every round.

Today’s playoff meetings are exciting, yes, but coaching, systems and the salary cap has produced evenly matched lineups.

Congrats to the NHL, parity has been accomplished… unless you’re the Islanders, Oilers or Panthers.

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