I, (like you) love the playoffs. The first round may be the best sports theatre you will ever see.
Some postseason highlights so far:
First and foremost -- Logan Couture takes a cheap shot from the Vancouver Canucks captain in Game 3. Roughly twenty seconds Logan snipes a beauty wrister past Cory Schneider for his second goal of the game. The best part of the goal was the Couture "Cele". The arm swing, the emotion and catching the gaze of Henrik coming out of the box was beautiful!
Raffi Torres and Brent Burns in overtime of Game 2. Never have two guys with more tattoos scored a bigger goal for the Sharks.
Lets jump to the Eastern Conference:
Douglas Murray scored! Enough said. Except he did it against a good friend and former teammate Evgeni Nabokov.
However the most compelling bit of human drama is coming out of the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. In Game 1 a good Saskatoon boy, Eric Gryba, absolutely destroys Lars Eller with a gigantic hit. Eller is hurt, Gryba is suspended for two and the Senators head coach after the game infuriates anybody with any Montreal allegiance with his comments.
The Senators Coach basically blames the Montreal Canadiens Raphael Diaz for the devastating hit because of his bad pass to Lars Eller.
What really upset the Montreal faithful including their head coach, Michel Therrien, was Paul MacLean referring to Diaz as simply "Number 61."
Brandon Prust from the Canadiens publicly called MacLean "a bug-eyed fat walrus".
MacLean responded with his usual humour.
"Well ... 'Bug-Eyed?' I've never been called that before. That's a new one," said MacLean. "Walrus? That's too easy. But I will tell you one thing I'm not fat. I might be husky but I'm not fat. So, I took offense to that."
Then in Game 3 it was a Kook Show. 236 minutes in penalties and the Senators won 6-1. But, with 17 seconds remaining in the game, Paul MacLean called a time out.
The Canadiens were livid. The usually very level-headed Josh Gorges verbally attacked the Sen's coach. If you have been around hockey or can read lips in the slightest you know Josh was definitely rated "M" for Mature.
Michel Therrien called it "classless".
Probably the Montreal head coach is right, but right now Paul MacLean has the Canadiens thinking about him instead of the games.
... I love it all.
The intensity, the nastiness, the theatre, the emotion and human drama. Never mind my birthday or Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The NHL playoffs? It's the most wonderful time of the year.