If you’re a sports fan and you haven’t been watching the NHL playoffs, then you should be ashamed (especially if you’ve been tuned in to the boring NBA playoffs that ESPN and ABC have been repeatedly trying shove down your throats).
This year has been one of the most enjoyable playoffs overall in any sport in a long time, and I don’t just say that because my Pittsburgh Penguins have been successful. Tight, competitive series where the stars have truly shined (heck, after tonight, each of the top three players in the game has posted a hat trick at one point in the playoffs, and two of those were even in the same game) have made this postseason the must-see event of the season.
And it is truly amazing to see the talent levels across the board. Besides the more well-known stars, the teams remaining have scoring threats ten deep, so there are always threats on the ice. Plus, each team has great net-minders who will make game-changing plays with the leather and pads.
Simply put, the NHL playoffs have been exhilarating, and this season should put the NHL back on the map of major sports (but probably won’t since most of the games are on the not-widely-available VS. network and ESPN continues to pretend it doesn’t exist. If you can catch a game, I would highly recommend it, even if you just wait until the Stanly Cup Finals (but you’re going to miss out on more great hockey if you wait!).