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One More Reminder That The Playoffs Suck

Having a nifty holiday weekend.  Looking forward to going into DC tomorrow and actually visiting the memorials of some fallen heroes.  It is, after all, Memorial Day, in case some of us have forgotten that.

But that’s not my point tonite.  Nope.  As stated, the weekend was going well until an A2Y reader sent met this article…and now I wouldn’t mind throwing up in mass quantities.  Overall, it’s not a bad read.  But a few lines stick out that make me curdle.

Here’s one:
Ross McKeon

When Scott Niedermayer hoists the Stanley Cup following Game 5 a week from Wednesday night, it will culminate what was almost predestined with the events of last July 3.

Don’t like Niedermayer that much.  Not at all.  Good player, not up to Lidstrom’s level of course, but good.  But I certainly hold no fondness for him after we saw a little whine, and a lot of stickwork.

But that’s not the real clincher that this article’s a full-on vomit inducer. 

Anaheim will be the first team in the Pacific time zone to win the Cup since it was awarded to the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League for their 1925 conquest of the Montreal Canadiens.

California will boast an NHL champion for the first time.

It’s not that I dislike Anaheim, necessarily.  I despise Perry and Pronger disgusts me.  Not so much for his role in defeating the Wings, but in how he left Edmonton the year before.  But, they’re not the real issue here.  The core of it goes back to The Kick To The Groin and that Fluttering Puck From The Gates Of Hell.  Anaheim played well enough to win, but did they deserve it?  One week later and I still can’t get past that game-tying goal.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com