NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Generally speaking, we want hockey to be this beautiful, skilled ballet -- a blending of speed and acrobatic puck handling, mixed with some hard hits and big saves.
And we want it like that more than ever in the playoffs.
At the most exciting, intense time of year, we want the ultimate.
But it often doesn't happen that way. The problem with playoff hockey, sometimes, is it can be cautious and grinding and methodical. It can be boring even, and certainly frustrating.