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Hockey Night Every Night

04/19/2014
Watching the first period of the Stars-Mighty Ducks game around midnight April 18. (Photo by Jennifer Moore).

Watching the first period of the Stars-Mighty Ducks game around midnight April 18. (Photo by Jennifer Moore).

 

I know what I’m doing every night for the next four weeks: Watching hockey.

Yes, the National Hockey League started its playoff season April 16 and the Vizio flat screen in our Bangor living room has been tuned into all the action, drama, speed and excitement.

The NHL playoffs showcase the best in hockey. Teams turn it up a notch in May. Players create goals like magicians in breezers. They put a little extra muscle into plexiglass pile-drivers and throw their face in front of slap shots. All for Stanley Cup glory.

A soul crushing Wild overtime loss; amazing goals from Dubinsky, Datsyuk and Stamkos; despicable play from Lucic the Luddite; a glorious Red Wings win over the hated Bruins; annoying play-by-play from Michael “Doc” Emrick;  and staying up till 1 a.m. to see if the Mighty Ducks win.

I even like the endless stream of Discover Card commercials: “Awesome Sauce.”

In Maine, folks are big Boston fans. But Bobby Orr aside,  the Bruins have always been goons. Minnesota fans member when Forbes blindsided Henry Boucha, ending his career. Why root for a team that always highlights the worst part of hockey?

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard and forward Gustav Nyquist are both former Maine Black Bears. I can get behind these two guys, anyone that can help knockout the Bruins.

I also like to see all the Minnesotans in their playoff prime.  Players like Ryan McDonagh (Rangers), David Backes (Blues), Justin Braun (Sharks) and Erik Johnson (Avs).

There are no Minnesotans or former Black Bears on the Bruins roster.

OK, gotta go and set the DVR for the Rangers/Flyers game.

 

 

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  1. Any Czechs on your radar? 🙂 I have a student training for some national team right now!

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