April 19, 2012 in Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, NHL playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Wayne Gretzky Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Malkin, Gary Bettman, Ken Dryden, Pavel Datsyuk, Wayne Gretzky
The Bruins fell to the Caps in Washington by a score of 2-1, the series is now tied at two games apiece, and for me this is good news, although I don’t feel the slightest bit of affection for Washington. I just dislike Boston more. And the more I see Alex Ovechkin, the more I feel that if I was choosing a Russian for my hockey team, it would be Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin. Ovechkin just doesn’t do it for me anymore.
New Jersey beat Florida 4-0, which ties the series at two, Phoenix goes up three games to one by beating Chicago 3-2, and St. Louis takes a 2-1 lead by overcoming San Jose 2-1.
At this point, it’s impossible to predict a Stanley Cup champ, and I think I’ll whine about this a little. I hate parity. Gary Bettman believes it’s good for the game but I don’t. I think we need dominant teams for others to try and knock off the pedestal. David and Goliath. The old Habs and Oilers and Islanders taking on the rest of the pack. It’s just more interesting for me.
The league needs glamour teams, odds-on favourites, full of swagger and talent. and we need blue collar teams to work like they’ve never worked before to try and slay these dragons. It’s excitement and drama. It’s Ken Dryden and his 1971 Canadiens toppling the heavily-favoured Bruins. It’s a young and brash Oilers team led by a fuzzy-faced Wayne Gretzky taking out the fading Habs. It’s the Canadiens, barely making the playoffs two years ago, eliminating both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins and which had the hockey world in a frenzy.
Since 2003, eight different teams have won it all, no team has repeated, and now we have no idea who’s next in line. There’s no dominant team, not Vancouver or the Rangers or last year’s winners, the Bruins. This is Bettman’s parity. Maybe it’ll be the Florida Panthers going all the way this year, we can’t tell. Everyone seems the same now.
There will be no powerhouse team being in the fight of its life, and no team coming out of left field to surprise and shock. It’s a shame because it’s what sports should be about. But it’s all even now, the dynasties are dead.
It’s parity. And I hate parity.