As the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last year, I remember talking to a good friend of mine about the state of hockey. We really started following the game during the down years of Gretzky, Messier & Co. and saw the emergence of skilled European players and snipers. Growing up, I remember the efforts of Forsberg, Hejduk and Roy for the Avalanche, Stevie Y and his Red Wings, Sundin and his Leafs. This is not to say that during that time the game was much less aggressive.
The fact of the matter is that the 2012 Playoffs is a different animal from what we have seen in the past and this trend started with the Bruins last year. Here are five reasons why this year's playoffs are so weird.