Tuesday, May 13, 2008

And you thought Round 2 was short...

Eastern Conference final
(2) Pittsburgh v. (6) Philadelphia
Penguins lead series 3-0
If both the Wings and Penguins can complete their sweeps tonight and tomorrow, respectively, it would be the first time that both conference finals ended in four games since 1992, when the Penguins swept the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks followed suit against the Edmonton Oilers.
This round is only six days old, and could be over by Thursday after eight games in eight days. There is a very real possibility that, for the first time since Pittsburgh's first championship in 1991, the Stanley Cup could be awarded in May.

Imagine that.

Here's hoping the finals are more intriguing than this.

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At 11:32 p.m., May 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did people consider it boring in 1992?

At 11:49 p.m., May 13, 2008, Blogger Daniel said...

I feel foolish for thinking the Stars would dominate this series. They looked great against two supposedly good teams, minus that fight with San Jose. Detroit looks primed, but so do the Penguins.

I hope that each team does sweep and we see the finals go to a grueling 7 games. The NHL could not ask for anything more compelling than a Detroit vs Sidney Crosby final.

At 11:51 p.m., May 13, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

if both series do sweep, early predictions on the SC schedule?

would it start next Tues?

At 12:20 a.m., May 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Stanley Cup final schedule locked in to NBC's TV dates? If so, will there be a week without hockey?

At 2:18 a.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Games 1 and 2, I believe, are on Versus and not NBC, which means they would likely want Game 3 as an afternoon contest on Saturday or Sunday.

My guess is the finals would be Monday-Wednesday-Saturday throughout, as we've seen in the past.

At 8:37 a.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

James, NBC wouldn't want the SC to be an afternoon deal. I believe their deal is to have it in primetime on NBC.

Their initial broadcast schedule has Game 3 on Sat, 5/31 as an 8pm start, but of course, if both series sweep, the dates will be bumped up.

At 9:27 a.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger Black Dog said...

92 wasn't boring, it was the same as this year. No drama in terms of the series outcome but some terrific hockey from Chicago, who won 11 straight going into the final, and the Pens, who won 7 straight going in.

The Final - Penguins sweep. Every game a close one but that Pens teams was amazing.

Hopefully this year's Final goes the distance.

At 9:31 a.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

All year Detroit's been creaming the rest of the league, and all year it seems like many of the paid experts have been assuming they'd lose early in the playoffs.

I'm a little sick of Detroit having a great team, but let's stop denying that they do.

At 11:10 a.m., May 14, 2008, Anonymous dvc said...

Wings are a great team and I consider them a level above the rest of the league. They should by all rights go all the way.

But this Penguins team just does all the little things right all over the ice--positional defense, backchecking, etc.--with a ton of skill upfront. I thought the '95 Wings were the class of the league and the Devils would have no shot against them in the Finals. Didn't turn out that way. Pens are the Devils with more skill.

At 11:43 a.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger Steve Patterson said...

Did people consider it boring in 1992?

no, i don't think so. 6 of the 8 first round series that year went to 7 games. gretzky lost to edmonton. montreal beat hartford in game 7 in double ot. as a canucks fan, i remember them coming back from down 3-1 to beat winnipeg, and then pat quinn throwing gum on the ice after the game 6 loss to edmonton.

i'm trying to remember one moment from this year's playoffs that i'll remember in a few years' time, but nothing comes to mind.

At 3:41 p.m., May 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parity is a funny thing. It works during the regular season but in the playoffs it looks like there's a huge difference between teams. Makes no sense.

How many Stanley Cups has been won by back-up goalie? Osgood is not your typical back-up goalie but Detroit started this playoff run with Hasek.

At 4:31 p.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger heed said...

the philly / washington game that went to double or triple overtime was the most game in the entire post season.

At 12:58 a.m., May 15, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Carolina won the Cup with their backup goalie two years ago. How soon we forget...

At 8:13 a.m., May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Flyers accused the Penguins of throwing the final game of the regular season in order to avoid playing them in the first round. I think the Flyers are throwing this series in order to avoid playing Detroit in the finals.

At 10:26 a.m., May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Flyers threw the last game to avoid playing the Penguins in the first place.

At 11:38 a.m., May 18, 2008, Blogger C. said...

Ummm to the anonymous posters who said that the Flyers accused the Penguins of throwing the last game of the regular season... it was Bryan Murray of the *Ottawa Senators* who said it.


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