Thursday night thoughts
Well, we threw some dirt on two first-round series tonight, and watched as another got a whole lot more interesting while one more was just as stultifying as ever.
Pittsburgh and Minnesota bowed out meekly early on, both losing in five games after pundits across the hockey nation assured all they'd be part of long, drawn-out affairs. On the whole, Anaheim looked far more dominant than I'd imagined they would, while the Penguins were more out of their element in the postseason than it seemed they'd be. I'm sure Sidney Crosby is going to have more than a few sleepless nights this summer given his mediocre (comparatively) play in his first-ever playoff series. (Even still, it'll be great to see the teenage phenom play for Team Canada at the world championship beginning later this month.)
I'm glad to see the Flames rallied to take out Detroit in both games in Calgary, if only because it'd be great to see more first-round series head toward the Game 7 mark and really make this a decent opening round. Daymond Langkow's big game was also nice to see given he's been quiet after having a terrific regular season.
I'm not sure what else to add about the Vancouver-Dallas match-up other than to say that Game 5 delivered entirely more of the same, snore-inducing hockey. Not including the first three periods of the series, we've seen 10 goals scored in the last 332 minutes of hockey — a rate of 1.81 goals per 60 minutes for both teams.
That has to be some sort of record, if only for unwatchability.