For some teams, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are about building on a season’s worth of experience. For others, the post-season is about forgetting how you got there and starting over. Before we get to ahead of ourselves, let’s take a moment to appreciate the NHL teams whose seasons will end tomorrow.
Buffalo has been giving Caps fans heartburn for the last few months – I hurt the most for their fans because it was nearly us in their place. A ton of respect to this team for the way they played in the last half of the season.
Winnipeg, the most excited place in the League, put on a good show and will benefit from realignment this summer.
Tampa Bay… I can’t talk about it. Not seeing Stamkos and St. Louis in the playoffs after their ferocious post-season performance last year just guts me. Stamkos for 60 would make it a little better.
Carolina struggled so massively in the first half, I hope they feel some accomplishment in getting where they did. Intern Jeff Skinner can even have a few days off.
Bless Toronto and Montreal fans – they get angry but they never, ever give up. Even when their teams don’t win, the passion of their fans make me jealous.
The Islanders have some blinding talent, I think they’re on the upswing. They’ll have more to cheer about soon.
If your team didn’t make the playoffs, we’re sorry. Enjoy the drama of the post-season without wanting to throw up over every goal, or adopt a team that would be happy to have your support. Summer’s not that long, and there’s always next year. Hockey fans never say die.
Western Conference, you’re coming up.