Well, that was a night.
Penguins take years off my life, defeat Blue Jackets in series: 4-2
What are we supposed to do? NOT hope for leads because they get snatched away? NEVER want a power play for fear of giving up a shorty? I don’t know which end is up except the Penguins won so hallelujah. Columbus played their pants off and boy, were they having fun right up till that final buzzer sounded.
I will say nice things about them in the off-season. You guys can say them now. They’ll all be true and I won’t read them because I am busy going to Round 2. The Pens found some dominance in Games 5 and 6 – even if they didn’t hold it for 60 minutes, it felt good to know it’s still there.
Besides CBJ, the off-season isn’t so bad. Ask the Stars:
Is there an Instagram filter called “Leg Hair” used on Seguin? Also, is it weird the thing I’m most envious about in these photos are that it’s warm enough to wear shorts? This winter has ruined me. I digress.
Back to business: In case you missed it, Sidney Crosby has no goals. Maybe you didn’t hear last night’s commentators repeating it like a rosary or you failed to see the hilltop bonfires lit to spread the news from town to town. It’s like the scene in 101 Dalmatians where every dog in London barks at the same time.
The only real question is: how many goal-less playoff games until Superstitious Sid tosses the yellow Crocs? (Answer: Never. They are hideously fun, so be glad for them. He could have gotten black ones.)
Brooks Orpik, it takes a man to stand front and center in pink-on-pink businesswear. Or, since it’s probably designer, salmon-on-salmon. Elle Woods Approved. Taylor Pyatt’s back there looking perfectly pastel acceptable in lavender and it’s no mistake Megna’s standing up front in that outfit. Just a mistake to stand next to Borts, the handsomest Penguin you’ve never heard of.
Only one beautifully bracketed addition today. Everybody else is headed for a one-game cage match. We’re going to need beer and bandages.
Wild: 5; Avalanche: 2 [Series tied 3-3]
The Wild and Avalanche (two of the three NHL teams whose names are not plural) were locked at 2 goals a piece for nearly 30 breathless minutes. Finally, with his second goal of the night and powered by chocolate milk, Zach Parise scored the goal Minnesota paid him $98 million over 13 years to score. Well not the only goal, but you’ve got to get the first one first. Add in two Wild ENs because Patrick Roy loves to pull goalies early and Minny forces this series back to Denver for Game 7. My money is still on the Avs, but it’s not $98 million worth.
Kings: 4; Sharks: 1 [Series tied 3-3]
Three in a row – done. Why not four? The Kings scored three goals in 2:46 to break this game open and fuel what could be an historic comeback in playoff hockey.
Only three NHL teams have ever pulled off a four-straight resurrection [great stats on 0-3 comebacks]. Usually fans of the trailing team start fantasizing about this at the end of Game 3. The last time I was still talking about it after Game 6? Red Sox/Yankees, 2004 ALCS. Chuck and I know it can be done. The Kings clearly do too. But the Sharks? They’ll need to reset their heads and play like they were, not like they are.
Ask for Thursday off now, Wednesday is going to be a late one.
Tonight now means more to me than ever.
Rangers at Flyers – Game 6. You know what I’m going to do? Root for the Rangers. Though I’d be fine with PHI taking this to seven and then losing, it’s a little too close. I would rather Pens/NYR in Round 2. Pittsburgh showed composure in R1 through plenty of tough situations, so I have faith they can hold it. Just something about the Flyers brings out the worst in me them… but GAH I kind of want to play the Flyers, I ADMIT IT! BLOOD AND FIRE!Tags: colorado avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, minnesota wild, New York Rangers, philadelphia flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks