Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/10/06 at 07:10 PM ET
Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs is make-or-break. And not just on the ice. Yeah, the Oilers must win Game 3 to retain any realistic hope of winning the Cup. Down 0-3 is a sentence teams can't escape. It just doesn't happen. Yeah, once, but 1942 was a war year and all pro sports were in a weakened state. There's also make-or-break for the NHL. Simply put, its TV rating stink. The NHL isn't a dead skunk in the middle of the TV road, but it's crawling onto the pavement and there's a Kenworth headed its direction. I have no hope that ratings will top 1 million homes in the U.S. Canada, of course, is bonkers, especially with a Canadian team in the finals. But with a mid-sized market involved, no matter how energized the Carolina region is, big-market America isn't going to give a hoot about hockey. Too bad; too damned bad.continued
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