* What the Blackhawks accomplished against St.Louis can be summed up as the mark of champions.

* Question is do the defending champs have the strength to reach the Final round or will the war of attrition derail them earlier?

* Marc-Andre Fleury has put his critics on hold; for the moment at least.

* Like the Islanders of last Spring Columbus has given Pitt the heebie-jeebies but, in the end, the Blue Jackets just can't keep up with Sidney, Inc.

* Yeah, the Blues are brimming with good players but they don’t have the likes of Kane and Toews and that made the difference.

* Miller vs. Crawford looked like a win for St.Lou but it only goes to prove that Chi has the better goalie and the Blues have a fading star.

* I’m worried for San Jose.

* Judging only by the first round, Zdeno Chara is THE best defenseman in the NHL.

* Biggest disappointment so far? How about the Flyers captain? Come out, come out wherever you are, Claude Giroux.

* Maybe Claude believes we’re still in October.