It's going to be catastrophic for the NHL if both the Red Wings and the Avalanche lose in the first round, considering that none of the other teams have the national presence both of those teams do, so the ratings would probably be in the shitter. That said, the only thing left that would please me about the Western Conference side of the playoffs would be both the Avalanche and Canucks losing in the first round.
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3 in one night is so awesome - the wife will just have to go to another room to watch American Idol because I am going to have the picture-in-picture working on the bigscreen.....I would love to see the Leafs bounce the flyboyz with an OT goal by Dummy
Originally posted by UnderwaterIt's going to be catastrophic for the NHL if both the Red Wings and the Avalanche lose in the first round, considering that none of the other teams have the national presence both of those teams do, so the ratings would probably be in the shitter. That said, the only thing left that would please me about the Western Conference side of the playoffs would be both the Avalanche and Canucks losing in the first round.
Thats the problem with the NHL, they only highlight the "top 5 teams" all the frieking time. While Detroit is great, do we really need to see either them, or Colorado every fucking saturday on ABC? Cant a Toronto v St Louis game be exciting? Cant the Mighty Ducks have a terrific game? Tampa Bay has shown they can defeat Jagr and the Caps, but I never saw them on TV until the post season. At least the NFL will show EVERYBODY play, just like Baseball.
I would LOVE to see a Mighty Ducks v Tampa finals. Quality Goaltending, intense play back and forth, some high scorers on both teams. To me, that is more fun than watching Colorado beat on some poor east conference team, or Detroit spending 100 Million on old talent, and having to watch them get ALL the calls.
Those were the three teams I was rooting for, but I really didn't think the Wild would pull off the upset, and I had my doubts that the Flyers would avoid their annual first-round collapse.
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I'm delighted to say that my faith in the Canucks was completely justified as they owned the Blues last night. Great game...my throat is raw from screaming and my head hurts from post-game celebrating. Once the 'Nucks established the forecheck in game 5 the series completely turned their way, to the point that the Blues' defence looked tentative going into the corners to get the puck. Bertuzzi's hit on Salvador last night might have been the hit of the season. Best of all, on his 27th birthday Dan Cloutier erased the demons of last year and prved that he was a clutch goalie. After the Blues scored one minute in Clouts shut the door, stopping four golden chances in the next 7 minutes and preventing a repeat of the game 1 meltdown
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Watching the game here in St Louis on the local WB affilitate, they gave Vancouver NO RESPECT. I am not a blues fan, so it didnt bother me to see them lose, but, to collapse after a 3-1 lead in the series, it shows they just dont have the killer instinct. Hopefully Osgood will stick around next year. He may be TERRIFIC if he plays all season here.
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