First time for everything

No overtimes in the first round of the WCHA playoffs? It seems like a rarity, but it happens.

No Game 3s? Same deal.

Until this season, however, those two things have never happened together since the league went to best-of-three series in 1988.

The five first-round series this weekend combined for no overtimes and no need for Sunday action.

In the first 20 years of best-of-three play, five seasons went without overtime (last in 2005) and four went without a Game 3 (last in 2002).

I don’t think there’s any big-picture significance in this. It just seemed interesting.