Power Rankings: Clarity at the top

Updated: April 29, 2013, 1:48 PM ET
By Scott Burnside (posted April 29, 2013)

And just like that, it's over. The 48-game, lockout-shortened season is gone in a flash.

It surely seemed like a blur to teams like Chicago and Pittsburgh, who established themselves as the cream of the crop in their respective conferences.

Will their regular-season prowess be a harbinger of playoff success? Only time will tell. But their superlative play guarantees them spots atop the final Power Rankings. It is as it should be.

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