Spring has sprung (although there really wasn’t a winter). The NHL Playoffs are barely a week old. And fisticuffs are back in a rather large way. Mayhem is usually left to the Allstate guy these days. But Old-Time Hockey has raised it’s ugly, or perhaps to some, beautiful head and is a reminder that no title comes easy when Lord Stanley’s Cup is at stake. Flyers vs Pens you knew would turn foul. But when stars like Crosby and Giroux go at it, it’s worth taking note. Ya think that the Kings vs Canucks game 4 will be a feisty one? Especially with an #8 seed looking to sweep a #1 seed. Hey, Vancity – let it get rough on the ice, not on the streets, OK? Last week I posted that the road to hockey’s championship is more often than not the survival of the fittest. This season, may the fist-ist survive.
Otherwise known as the NHL Playoffs are about to commence. Will we have a rematch of the ’94 Finals with the Canucks vs the Rangers? Will the first round matchup between the Penguins and Flyers be a classic, a dud or a bloodbath? Will a 7 or 8 seed pull a first round upset which have become commonplace in recent years? Will the champs – the Bruins – dig in and defend? I’ve always felt the road to the championship in hockey is the toughest in all of professional sports. While some would argue that a hot goaltender can take you a long way, I believe the ones hoisting the Cup come June are the teams with simply the most healthy bodies left at the end. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are as fantastic as they are brutal. But more often than not, they are a war of attrition.