Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/27/12 at 07:49 AM ET
from Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post,
In a fair sporting world there would be another hockey game tonight at Madison Square Garden, a Game 7 that undoubtedly would have riveted the city, sent it screeching to a standstill in the way only big, timeless events can immobilize the big town. In a fair sporting world, the Rangers and the Devils would have squeezed 60 more minutes — and maybe a few on top of that — out of the Eastern Conference finals.
If sports relied on the sweat of a brow and the size of a heart, they would drop a puck at the Garden at around 8:15 tonight, and there would be 18,200 people filling the old rink with one more burst of energy and life and hope. And if things had broken properly, maybe we would have gotten three or four more nights just like it. And the next phase of the Garden facelift would have had to wait another week or two.
Instead, the helmets and the hockey sticks get locked away.
And the hard hats and hammers take their place.
“For me, from day one of the season through to the end of the playoffs here, the Rangers were the hardest working team in the NHL,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said in the aftermath of Game 6, when his team pounced on the Rangers’ crease less than a minute into overtime, culminating with Adam Henrique shoving the puck past the goal line 63 seconds into the spare session.
“And they gave us everything we could handle.”
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