Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/28/12 at 01:41 PM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Hope you had fun in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Fun just left town.
Unless the Philadelphia Flyers can provide enough fireworks for the entire class, we appear destined for a second round of games in which 2-1 will be the third-period score most nights, highlight packages will be mighty thin and shot-blocking will be more prominent than “He shoots, he scores.”
With mayhem and some wild scores mixed in, the first round seemed intriguing enough. But now many of the big boys have been sent packing, teams like Pittsburgh and Vancouver and Boston and Detroit that brought at least a little flair and some big names to the rink.
Now, other than Philly, we’re left with teams that seem inclined to make every night one long, chip-and-chase tug-of-war. The NHL was able to congratulate itself with good TV ratings in the first round, but how will the audience respond now with Sidney Crosby, the Sedins, Tea Party Tim, Patrick Kane and all of Canada having checked out for the summer?
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