April 26, 2012 in Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Gordie Howe, Los Angeles Kings, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals Tags: Andrei Kostitsyn, Bobby Hull, Gary Bettman, Gordie Howe, Hal Gill, Larry Robinson, Marc-Andre Fleury, Maurice Richard, Milan Michalek, Sergei Kostitsyn
And there goes Canada’s last hope. The Sens lose 2-1 to New York in game 7.
Milan Michalek should be made to change numbers. He missed three or four great chances from about 15 feet out during the Sens’ torrid charge with about six minutes remaining, and he reminded no one of the Rocket, Gordie Howe, and Bobby Hull, who also donned the famous number. There were times in minor hockey when I would have a conniption fit if I couldn’t get number 9.
Michalek should wear 83 or something instead.
The Sens are dead, although they played a fine series from what I saw and read, and they should be proud of themselves. They showed the hockey world they’re a really good team and should enjoy a fine season next year, maybe just six or eight points below the Habs.
Thus far, L.A. has surprised many by thumping the Canucks in just 5 games. Washington has ended Boston’s mediocre one-year run as Cup champs. Phoenix has taken out the Hawks in 6 games and if the Coyotes go deep, Gary Bettman is going to have wet dreams. Detroit is gone after 5 games against Nashville, home of the Kostitsyn brothers, and Hal Gill, who has yet to play in the post season. St. Louis clobbered the Sharks in 5 games, and the one game I was able to see, in a restaurant, there were a ton of excellent fights. And Philadelphia put a bushel full of pucks behind Marc-Andre Fleury, including 8 twice, in their 6 game elimination of the heavily-favoured Pittsburgh Penguins.
And last but not least, New Jersey took out Florida 3-2 in double overtime of game seven, and I can’t really say why but I had almost no interest in seeing either team carry on. But I guess it’s fine the Devils won because Larry Robinson is an assistant coach, and who doesn’t like Larry?
All in all it’s been a good opening round, mainly because Boston lost. And I still have no idea who will or should win the whole thing.