After an extremely long hiatus I’m back because #WhyNotUs (I can use that hashtag too!).
However, the Sharks maybe should have started using the #WhyUs hashtag after about Game 5. I hate to think of a team as a perennial choker, I’m a Cubs fan for Godsakes, but after a 5-1 Game 7 loss to the LA Kings to cap a 0-3 series rally…well….the King of Choking crown is yours San Jose. Somehow, some way, without getting rid of the players that make you great in the regular season they have to find a way to kick it up a level in the postseason. It may seem like folk lore to most - but the sentiment that the playoffs are just a different beast rings truer than ever.
Or we can talk about Fenwick ratings which common logic would tell you that their scoring would come, eventually. Maybe the Sharks didn’t get the memo that it would come in 4 straight games. And Jonathan Quick didn’t get the memo to play like TEAM USA Quick instead of 2012 Quick.
Other things happened last night in a Game 7 glory day which were just as exciting or noteworthy, I guess. In a night of goalie stories, both good and bad, Varlamov collapsed to let in 5 goals for the Wild to continually comeback in the game, and in OT, to advance to the 2nd round. Lundqvist did his royalty thing and shut the door on the Flyers late attempts to get another shot at irritating Sid the Kid to no end. Let’s be honest - I would have loved to see Crosby push a Flyer glove away like a little kid again. Seriously.
2nd round starts today and the match ups are….well….eh. With the new playoff system we had some phenomenal 1st round match ups and real Cup contenders got bounced early. Now we are forced to watch the Wild and the Hawks (cool central division rivalry???), the Ducks and the Kings (Outdoor rematch with KISS pyrotechnics???), the Pens and the Rangers (I literally have nothing clever to say about this), and the only series truly worth watching in the Bruins and the Habs which will no doubt be a 7 game bloodbath full of fights and at least one memorable OT moment. But since I’m a Wings fan that is still bitter and a girl living in Tampa who wanted to see more than just 2 games of playoff hockey I’m hoping for them to somehow both lose in 8.