Actually, this has nothing to do with Brian Campbell or GEICO, but they showed the one GEICO commercial with the Buck that stops and looks at the camera and I'm kinda easily amused but stuff like that. So, we got a wrap out west and a fresh start out east. The Fat Lady done sung for the Wings, but Stevie Y's Bolts bested the Bruins in Beantown. I'm sure a wings fan somewhere has a comment that details how the Bolts are currently like the Wings just before the Wings catapulted themselves to greatness. Maybe Stevie stole the sacred bottle of wing mojo and left water in it's place? Maybe it's just global warming. Anyway..
Since I was a dummy, I forgot to tape today's game and texted my wife to tape it and erase one of the IIHF games I had saved. Well, it didn't quite work out as planned and the game seven got axed. I saw the entire first period and a litte of the second and all I can say is that I'm not surprised at all that the Sharks won this game. From the get go, they were moving the puck well, they were putting guys in front of Detroit's net and they scored two early goals. Granted, spotting goals is something Detroit seems to do for fun, but there would be no kick in the sack game steal for the octo flingers. Got to give them credit, they pushed it to seven games after going down three. But, then you have to give the Hawks more credit for going to seven and then going to OT. Actually, I think in the years to come, we are going to see more of this. Watching this series made me think of a lot of things the Hawks could do better, but then again, watching Hawks games makes me think the same thing. Kidding aside, we feel your pain Won Team and stick tap to the Wings for coming back to make it a series.
For the Sharks V. Nucks, I have the Sharks in seven. Watching the Sharks against the Wings, I really liked how SJ worked the front of the net and I think this can be very effective against the Nucks. For the Nucks, their biggest enemy is their fan base followed by their arrogance after winning the President's cup. To beat the Sharks, who were eliminated in the WCF last year, Vancouver will have to bring it's best game. If they sit on leads and play that chip it out shit, they will lose. Vancouver's best game, in my opinion beats the Sharks best game. However, I just don't think Vancouver will bring it every night. Both teams let a recent Stanley Cup Champ nearly send them packing because they couldn't close out game four. Ironically, one of them is going to walk away from this series STILL being considered a loser team that chokes in the playoffs.
Out East, the Bolts open up with a surprising win. At least I was surprised. Take away the empty netter and the bad softie that Thomas gave up, this was a close game. Take away the one horrible turnover that was forced by a strong forecheck from the Bolts, and it's even closer. But, it's playoffs and goals are goals and any win is one down, three to go. Comparatively, the Bolts looked prepared to play this team. They seemed to know who they wanted for matchups and steered away from the dreaded 1-3-1. One thing I really liked watching though was that they were engaged the entire game. When they got hit, they shut up, got up and went on with the play. As an example, at one point in the game, Stamkos got totally upended by the D against the boards, but as he came down he rolled forward with his momentum, got back up and beat the D into the corner to fight for the puck. I hate to say this, but there are some Hawks we will never likely see that out of.
Much as I hate the trap, the teams that do it seem to have a knack for execution. Now that the Bolts are completely confident with their trap, it seems like they have the freedom to step out and do some new things; things that other teams are likely not prepared for. If it starts going to south, they can fall back to their trap and slow the game to their benefit. Surprisingly, this game was pretty open to start. I had a feeling Boston would lose the first game, but with how the Bolts played tonight, I can see Boston dropping the first two if they can't adapt before the next game. For all Boston's grit, they could not stop TB's execution and I think they are going to have to get away from the ass kicking and work both smarter and harder to beat the Bolts. Though the game might have been closer then the score suggested, hats off to TB for their heart and their effort.
On a closing note, I'm sure most of you have heard by now about the passing of Derek Boogard who was 28 years old. Reading what's been said about him and his off ice demeanor, it seems the world has lost a good man.
And with that, comments are open. The more obnoxious and unsupported by fact, the better.