2006 Stanley Cup Final
The end is near
The end is near
All in all, it's wholly disappointing to think the 2005-06 season could be over by this time tomorrow.
For all the wonderful hockey played throughout these playoffs — Edmonton v. San Jose, Buffalo v. Carolina — many of the series were duds, over nearly as quickly as they began. Of the 14 series played prior to the final, only six went beyond five games. Should the Hurricanes end things Wednesday night in Raleigh, fully 60 per cent of this year's series ended in four or five games.
So much for parity.
There's really no question which team should — and likely will — win the Stanley Cup this time around, although lopsided Stanley Cup contests are far from new. (That said, we're not quite at the dog days of 1995 to 1998, when the culmination of the two-month tournament ended in a four-game sweep four years in a row. Blech.)
Still, after waiting two full years for this final, count me as one of those in the camp that wanted more out of this match-up. It may have taken eight weeks to get to this points, but it's all ended rather abruptly.
So, for the first time this season I'll display my allegiances unequivocally and say: Let's go Oilers.
At the very least, let's give the good people of Edmonton one more home date and one last chance to belt out O Canada on the international stage. As nice as it's been to have a Canadian-based club back in the finals for the second year in a row, you really never know when one will be back there again.
Nevermind winning this silly thing.
(Note that in the picture above, Carolina has the Stanley Cup in the bag.)