Parity reigns in Round 1 of playoffs 

April, 19, 2010

In the early going, there's only one word for these playoffs: PARITY! Man, these games have been so close. The Pens' 4-2 Game 3 win over the Senators was about the closest thing we've seen to a blowout. Teams are winning overtime games without even launching a shot -- but more on the Sharks and Avalanche later.

This week, we'll head into the meat of the first round. I figured it was a good time to revisit each series with a few thoughts or suggestions for the teams.

To see Hradek's breakdown for each of the playoff series, you must be an ESPN Insider.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.