Round 2 is upon us like prom season, and everyone finally has their dates. How are you feeling? Like the prettiest girl in the room? Anyone afraid someone else might wear the same dress? I’m nervous and we definitely need a chaperone.
We bid Round 1 farewell with this announcement: I am no longer 100% right. Thanks for nothing, Avs and Sharks!
Rangers do one thing for me, beat Flyers in series: 4-3
When the Flyers are knocked out of the playoffs, regardless of year, other teams or life in general, I have a moment of bliss.
The Rangers came out strong in GM7, then got back on their heels while the Flyers surged late. Sound like any other hockey teams I know?! King Henrik was the difference maker yet again. New York will get one day of rest and of my gratitude, then it’s back to work and hating them Friday night in Pittsburgh.
In other breaking news: Rick Nash has no playoff goals. This is apparently the only Rangers storyline available so tell your friends. It will be broadcast continually on sister station Radio Crosby.
For the record, I do hate the Rangers more than the Flyers.
But I’d rather the Pens play the Rangers in R2. The Flyers bring out the Pens’ most infuriating problem – composure – while playing Pittsburgh seems to ignite Philly’s tenacity. The Rangers are no easier opponent but at least it will (hopefully) be the Penguins playing, not Hurricane Neal and the Tantrums. Watch me hate this decision later.
There’s only one reason for us to miss the Flyers in May. Give it a moment, then move on.
Wild take it to OT, take series from Avs: 4-3
Game 7 overtime? Someone hold my hair back. The Wild got there with a goal at the 17:33 mark of the third, and it only took 5 minutes of OT to put the Avs away. Nino Niederreiter, who sounds like an imaginary friend at a tea party, had two goals including the OT winner. Listen to the clang off the backbar.
Yowza. This is the first time the Wild have gotten past R1 in 10 years. The Wild have this headline and I confess I laughed (just once):
We’ll miss the Avs kids who were having a blast out there, but MacKinnon, Gabe and the boys have many years of playoff hockey ahead of them. Gabe’s beard though… bummer.
Kings win 4 in a row, collapse Sharks series: 4-3
Sharks gonna shark. There are so many bad jokes – Sharks get bitten! – but the worst of all is San Jose’s record of playoff choking. That said, we should have all picked the Kings because they know how to win 4 in a row (and then some) in pursuit of post-season glory. Plus their bandwagon fans are famous and sparkly, and the NHL could use a few entertainment column inches.
You should hug Sharks fans today – that was eviscerating. Sweep? Sucks. Reverse sweep?
Round 2 starts tonight, with the Bruins and Canadiens (and Chuck) asking everyone else what took so long. Typical dates, we’re never ready when they come to pick us up! This series is going to be like the holidays with family – everyone knows each other, hates each other and every old crime comes out in a stress-spolsion.
Save us a good seat, okay?