NHL First Round Playoff Matchups Ranked

Magnus JohnsonCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

NHL First Round Playoff Matchups Ranked

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    SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 19:  Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates after defeating the San Jose Sharks during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California

8. Detroit Red Wings v. Columbus Blue Jackets

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    COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 21:  Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings controls the puck in front of Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nati

7. Vancouver Canucks v. St. Louis Blues

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    ST. LOUIS, MO. - APRIL 21: Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his game-winning goal against Barret Jackman #5 of the St. Louis Blues during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Sco

6. Boston Bruins v. Montreal Canadiens

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    BOSTON - APRIL 16:  Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens watches the puck  go into the net in the third period against the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 16, 2009 at the T

5. Washington Capitals v. New York Rangers

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New Yo

4. Pittsburgh Penguins v. Philadelphia Flyers

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    PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 21:  Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his second period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs  at the Wachovia Ce

3. Anaheim Ducks v. San Jose Sharks

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21:  Anaheim Ducks players celebrate a goal against Jonathan Cheechoo #14 of the San Jose Sharks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 21, 2009 in Anahe

2. Calgary Flames v. Chicago Blackhawks

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    CALGARY, AB - APRIL 20: A giant Calgary Flames flag is passed through the crowd before the game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddle

1. New Jersey Devils v. Carolina Hurricanes

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    RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 21:  Brian Gionta #14 and Brendan Shanahan #18 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate Shanahan's goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 20