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Will NHL benefit from these playoffs?

Updated: June 30, 2009, 5:44 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

It was so close to perfect that it would have been greedy to ask for more.

How much better could the second round of the NHL playoffs have been? Not much, particularly with the overall quality of play so outstanding and with most games played at a blistering pace and ferocious level of competition.

To anyone who believes this league was better 10 years ago, or 30 years ago, well, go watch one of the games from those days, then compare it to what we saw between the Chicago ...

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