The NHL Playoffs: Week One

All caught up!

I just decided that I am going to try to do a weekly recap of the playoffs.  I guess I’ll talk about all the things I found noteworthy and interesting, awesome or ugly.  We’ll see how it goes.  3…2…1…BLAST OFF!

Holy hell!  What in the hell got into those really big guys with knives on their feet and sticks in their hands?!  They’re running around doin’ all kinds of fucked up shit!

Byron Bitz, Matt Carkner, Carl Hagelin, Andrew Shaw, Nicklas Backstrom, Craig Adams , Aaron Asham, and James Neal all have been suspended in this first week.  Brent Burns should have been suspended for his blatant elbow on Scott Nichol, and more importantly, Shea Weber  should have been suspended for slamming Henrik Zetterberg’s  face into the glass in the first game of the Detroit/Nashville series.  Raffi Torres will no doubt be suspended for this hit that sent Marian Hossa to the hospital last night:

Torres’ suspension will most likely be the strongest swing of the Shanahammer we’ve seen this post season, Odin willing.  Of all the “taking that kind of hit out of the game” and “it’s about respect the players have for each other” talk we’ve been hearing since October, what can we make of these heinous infractions?  That the players don’t have respect for each other and they aren’t afraid of the big, bad, Shanahan, or their emotions have just gotten the better of them in the first week?  What do you think?

Speaking of thinking, who’da thunk the Philadelphia Flyers would be up 3-0 on the Pittsburgh Penguins?  Probably not any of these guys:

Yikes!

I said Philly would win in 7 because I want the Pens to win and I never ever get what I want, a-boo-hoo.  We’ll see if Pittsburgh can make an historic first round rally starting tonight, but I doubt it.  They have been sloppy in their own zone, their defense has been terrible, their special teams has been equally as puke-inspiring, and they have been despicably dirty.  To the Flyers credit, they’ve played great and have kept their composure.  The Penguins are trying to beat the Flyers at their own bully-style game and it’s just not going to work.

The Panthers comeback from a 3 goal deficit last night against the Devils was pretty awesome.  You’d expect that kind of comeback from the Stinkin’ Philadelphia Flyers, but it’s cool to see it done by a team most people (myself included) had written off as the worst team in the playoffs.

The LA Kings are up 3-0 on the President’s Trophy-Winning, defending Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks.  No one saw that coming either.  A team who squeaked into the playoffs in the last couple of days of the regular season now has the chance to become the first ever to sweep the reigning P-trophy champs, are you kidding me?

The hockey gods have something pretty crazy in store for us this year, that is fo sho.  Can’t wait to see what next week brings!

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-T-bone

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