NHL Playoffs 2012 Highlights: The Best Goal from Each 2012 Playoff Series

Ryan O'Leary@BR0LearyFeatured Columnist IApril 20, 2012

NHL Playoffs 2012 Highlights: The Best Goal from Each 2012 Playoff Series

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    NHL fans are just halfway through the fortnight that is the first round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs and we've already been treated to much more than we deserve.

    Amazing goaltending, extreme physical play and thrilling overtime after overtime have all dotted the landscape of the postseason, keeping fans enthralled night in and night out.

    Here is a recap of the best goal from each of the eight first-round series.

Western Conference: Canucks vs. Kings (Dustin Brown)

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    Dustin Brown's shorthanded goal in the second period of Game 2 in Vancouver was not only his second shorty of the tilt, but it was all about effort and a classy finish. Brown's hard-nosed, fast style of play really paid off, as he put the Kings up 2-1 and they went on to win 4-2.

Western Conference: Blues vs. Sharks (T.J. Oshie and David Backes)

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    David Backes' finish was professional, but this goal is all about the individual effort of one T.J. Oshie.

    The Blues' youngster beat not one, not two, not three, but four Sharks to set up Backes on the back door in Game 2 as they went on to beat the Sharks.

Western Conference: Coyotes vs. Blackhawks (Mikkel Boedker)

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    Once is good, but twice is nice. Mikkel Boedker's effort in Game 4 against the Blackhawks was all about speed, as he tallied he second-straight overtime-winner in the series. In fact, all four games have gone to overtime.

    I wonder if the Blackhawks' defensemen got the number as that runaway car sped past them?

Western Conference: Predators vs. Red Wings (Kevin Klein)

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    I seriously doubt Kevin Klein has ever seen a yawning net like that during his career. Well, at least not since the pregame warmups.

    In reality, his goal was all about Martin Erat's effort to draw three Red Wings and Jimmy Howard to the corner, leaving Klein open for the goal.

Eastern Conference: Rangers vs. Senators (Kyle Turris)

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    Sick. Nasty. Wrister.

    Turris' overtime snipe tied up the Senators' series with the New York Rangers heading back to New York. Ottawa has played scrappy and we know that this one will go at least six games.

    The real question is: Would Lundqvist even be able to stop that bullet if he had seen it?

Eastern Conference: Bruins vs. Capitals (Alexander Semin)

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    Whatever you can do I can do better, says Alexander Semin. Like Turris, Semin's snapper won Game 4 for the Capitals and tied the series at two games apiece.

    This is what the Caps signed up for with Semin and he's making them forget about a lot of his past poor performances.

Eastern Conference: Panthers vs. Devils (Patrik Elias)

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    Wait for it. Wait for it. Okay...now.

    Patrik Elias opened up all the scoring in the series with some serious patience, a little delay maneuver and a polished finish.

    Elias put the Devils out on the right foot and they're currently locked up with the Panthers at two games each.

    Oh, and it came on his 36th birthday. Not a bad way to celebrate.

Eastern Conference: Penguins vs. Flyers (James Neal)

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    We've seen every possible type of goal in the Pens/Flyers series. In fact, 45 in all. Some have been great team plays, some garbage goals and some great individual efforts.

    Well, that's exactly what James Neal did when he split the Flyers defense, then the legs of Ilya Bryzgalov for this dandy from Game 3.