“Game 7’s Are Awesome”

That was a quote left in the comments yesterday by BL and he is absolutely right.  The only thing better than a Game 7 in hockey is a Game 7 that has overtime.  And, we are about to get three Game 7’s over the next two nights.

Tonight we have the Bruins facing the Caps.  Just like the Rangers, the Bruins were heavily favored going into the series, lost Game 5 at home and then had to win Game 6 on the road.  You have to assume Boston has the advantage going into tonight, but Game 7’s are only predictable in their unpredictability.

Tomorrow we will have the Devils going down to Florida to decide their series.  New Jersey blew a lead in Game 6 and then scored in overtime to force Game 7.  Will Martin Brodeur add another highlight to a Hall of Fame career?

And of course we have the Rangers trying to get to the second round.  I am still very worried about the Rangers’ ability at even strength, but their power play is clicking and having Hagelin back is huge. I still think it will be a nervous night on the couch for me.

Perhaps the most amazing thing is that if Washington, New Jersey and Ottawa all win the Eastern Conference will have lost their top-4 seeds in the first round. I know that #8 seeds have upset #1’s before, but I can’t recall anything like that ever happening.  The games are all on one of the NBC networks, so tune in, you just might get hooked on hockey.

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  • blmeanie  On April 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

    after posting that I wondered to myself, what makes a hockey game 7 in the first round that compelling? I would go so far as to say hockey game 7’s in all rounds are more compelling than any baseball game 7’s except possibly the Series. Even that has less energy from the start to finish of the game. Every ounce of tension can be felt in hockey game 7’s that you, as a fan, are exhausted at the end, especially if you have a vested favorite team interest.

  • blmeanie  On April 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

    thanks. this is a post on FB to a friend’s comment about the B’s losing: “Tough loss. Since ’04 the emotions of teams losing in playoffs hasn’t hurt as much as it used to. All 4 teams have championships in last ten years. Life is good.”

    It was an incredible game, the Bruins didn’t have the same energy/spark as last year. Time to renew my argument with a buddy on the merits of Chara. I don’t get it, don’t see the God that people living in the homeland still see in him. The loss isn’t on him but I see him playing soft more than tough most of the time.

    • nysportsfanatic  On April 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      To me Chara is the Deion Sanders of hockey. He simply takes away a portion of the ice from opposing teams.

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