Canadian teams? Playoffs don't need no stinkin' Canadian teams

As far back as the turn of the calendar, the likelihood of no Canadian teams making the playoffs was already starting to sink in.

So when the post-season rolled around with this reality in place, many wondered if hockey enthusiasts north of the border would care. But it looks like those 'Muricans — well, the cities in which so many Canadian players suit up — know how to put on a playoff party all by themselves.

Here is a quick look at some of the moments that may have grabbed the attention of Canadian fans: 

OT Magic

While overtime might keep us up later than we would like, it's always tough to turn away from the impending drama that will unfold. 

There have already been 15 overtime goals, the most recent one courtesy of Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson to force Game 7 with the Sharks. 

In the same series, it took nearly 52 minutes of extra time before Predators forward Mike Fisher potted the winner to bring an end to Game 4 in the third overtime period. 

Deciding games

Some say there is nothing better in sports than the seventh game of a series.

This may provide a reason to watch on Wednesday when the Blues and Stars face each other one last time and again on Thursday when the Predators will try to steal one on the road in San Jose. (And pending the outcome Tuesday's Washington-Pittsburgh game, there could be another Game 7 Thursday night.)

St. Louis and Nashville have had very little time to breathe in these playoffs as both their first-round series also went the distance. 

The Blues made some noise by knocking out the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, while the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in what ended up being the final game for Bruce Boudreau behind the Ducks' bench. 

Marquee matchup

Of course, a little star power never hurts.

Much of the buzz at the start of the second round centred on the showdown between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. 

The last time they met was in the second round of the 2009 playoffs. Pittsburgh prevailed in seven games along the way to winning the Stanley Cup.

Should the Capitals win on Tuesday night, it would be deja vu all over again for these teams. 

Although Crosby and Ovechkin haven't exactly grabbed the spotlight in this series like fans might have hoped, the possibility of that happening at any moment brings some intrigue to the series. 

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