During the final few days of the season, outside the drama of the Tampa Bay Lightning March losing streak and the Atlantic Division title fight between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, we've had a pretty good inkling that the Bolts and Penguins would be first round foes in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal round.
But here's an interesting aspect: The Bolts and Pens are also squaring off in the first round of the AHL playoffs.
Last night, the Norfolk Admirals beat the Connecticut Whale. The Ads had already clinched a playoff berth (their first while affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning), but they had not clinched their seeding in the. With their victory, the club clinched the 6th seed in the AHL's Eastern Conference, and will be matched up against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to start the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.
I don't know how often it happens, but it does seem like an interesting situation -- the fact the two organizations are paired up as opponents in two different leagues, in the first round of their respective playoffs.