Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/24/06 at 09:23 AM ET
No matter what anyone says about the NHL, if you're not watching the playoffs, you're missing out on the best thing going in sports. Saturday night in Buffalo, the Philadelphia Flyers and the hometown Sabres played a two-overtime affair that left everyone inside HSBC Arena, including the players, sitting on the edge of their seats, gripping, hoping, holding their breath for 1,651 straight seconds of sudden death, unable to relax for even a moment because the game-winner could come at any time. Hockey doesn't pause between pitches, doesn't allow time for coaches to draw up a last-second play, doesn't have a quarterback spiking the ball to stop the clock so the kicker can run onto the field. When Buffalo's Daniel Briere scored 7:31 into the second overtime to beat the Flyers, it came just seconds after Philadelphia had the puck in the Sabres' zone. And that's just it — hockey is a virtual tug-of-war, bouncing back and forth like a tennis rally. But unlike in tennis, hockey takes just one winner to end an overtime game, not four.more
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