The Kings…are dead.
That sound that you heard around 8:35 last night Pacific Time was the rest of the NHL letting out a sigh of relief. If there was one team that had more lives than a cat it was Los Angeles, and these playoffs are now shaping up to be the most interesting in years.
Four Canadian teams are in, with Ottawa on the cusp after their big victory last night in New York…so Canadians will rejoice, at least for one round.
What will also be interesting will be the teams that didn’t make it. While nothing will happen in Los Angeles the same can’t be said in a few other places.
San Jose…expect a major renovation.
Philly…you know Big Ed Snider will not sit still.
Toronto…paging Dave Nonis, there is a pink slip waiting for you.
And then there is Boston and Pittsburgh. If the Bruins do indeed fall this weekend, how quick does the Jacobs family let Cam Neely swing the ax and pull a full Sea Bass on Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien? Boston doesn’t scare anyone anymore and may need to retool their team. Will Neely let Chiarelli do the renovations? That is unlikely.
Now we turn our attention to the Calgary Flames. The win last night by the Canucks leaves Vancouver just a single point away from clinching home ice in the series. Based upon the last three times these teams have met, it will be a barn burner. Calgary and Vancouver have a rivalry because they have a history. Get ready to hear and see a lot of highlights featuring Pavel Bure, Kirk McLean, Joel Otto and Martin Gelinas. Expect the Sea of Red to be overflowing…six years with no playoff hockey is an eternity in a Canadian market.
It’s going to be fun…buckle up!