NHL Playoffs 2012: What Now for the Eliminated Teams?

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NHL Playoffs 2012: What Now for the Eliminated Teams?
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When Adam Henrique got his goal past Jose Theodore after 83:47 of hockey, the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs finally came to an end.

For eight teams, their Stanley Cup dreams remain alive. Should the eventual champion come out of the Western Conference, it will be the first in their team's history.

For eight other teams, their seasons have come to an end far sooner than they'd imagined. Now forced to watch the rest of the postseason from their couches, there's a lot to wonder about and prepare for in the 2012-13 season.

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