Fast paced, hard hitting and exciting…why does it take 82 games and some nail biting to finally get some high quality hockey? It’s simple, it’s the playoffs.
Vancouver and Calgary put on a nice show at Roger’s Arena last night, showing us a different level of intensity and excitement reserved only for the playoffs, and the fans were along for every second of the ride. Too bad the ending was so sour…
The Canucks pace was reminiscent of the 2010 through 2012 edition of the team…a return to form. The ability for the team to turn and counter kept Calgary on their toes throughout the game and bodes well for the team.
This pace is contagious, and everyone was involved…that was the beauty of the game last night. It wasn’t just a few guys flying, it was everyone. That is the difference in the game now. Even the so called grinders can fly and deliver big hits, just ask Calgary’s Dennis Wideman, who found himself on the wrong end of a couple of dandy hits laid out by the Latvian Locomotive Ronalds Kenins.
Yes, it is just one game in and yes we have a long way to go, but the pace on the ice cannot be overstated…and it resonates in the building as well. A palpable buzz can be felt in the building for the first time since 2011. The fans are engaged, and the juice in the building is easy to feed from.
Even outside prior to the game, the Plaza was jumping and the fans were ready. They were hungry for the playoff buffet, and had to wait two years to take a bite.
Just wait for the games in Calgary and Winnipeg later this week, they have been on playoff famines for six and nineteen years respectively.
Take the time to watch the games and soak it in…there is nothing like a playoff buzz to get the mojo flowing…