Wednesday, May 13, 2009

1979 Semi-Finalist

The NHL conference semi-final playoff series could really have not gone any better so far.

In the West, the Blackhawks--my adopted team for this year's Cup run--knocked off the hated Canucks in six. Meanwhile, the not-quite-as-hated Ducks have pushed the despised Red Wings to a seventh game. If the Ducks win the series, I'll be happy because the Wings will be dead. If Detroit wins, it sets up a terrific conference final matchup between the Wings and the Hawks. Yes, there is some history there.

In the East, the Bruins have come on strong in the last two games to knot their series with the hated 'Canes at three. I expect that they will be able to dispatch Carolina at home in Game Seven on Thursday. If not, much shame and ridicule will be heaped upon them.

Then we have the Caps and Pens. Three of the first six games in this series have gone to OT and its featured some of the best playoff hockey in years. It's more than just Ovechkin and Crosby too. Both teams feature highly-skilled players who are not afraid to open it up. Not a lot of neutral zone trapping or left wing locking going on with these teams. Just a lot of fast-paced, high-intensity skating, passing, shooting, stick-handling, and hitting. It has been a joy to watch and the only disappointing thing about tonight's Game Seven showdown is that the series has to end.

6pm central tonight on Versus. You don't want to miss this one.

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