05 June 2008
So here's some ways to celebrate a great hockey season and trying not to focus on the team that won. Here's some things I enjoyed:
*The Beige Wings: I'll say it now, if it weren't for the hiddeous Winged Wheel on the front the Red Wings play one hell of a beautiful game of hockey. In Soccer the Dutch's style of play is called "Total Football"because they just hold onto the ball until it forces the other team into a mistake. The Beige Wings play "total hockey"
*Game 5: Simply on of the best games of hockey I have ever seen. Epic.
* The Season: This was a great season for hockey, whether it's Ovechkin and Malkin's breakout season, the Western Conferences incredibly deep and competitive teams (Seriously Columbus finished second to last. Anyone who watched them knows they were severely improved), or the fact that teams have adjusted for the "trap" and have been able to get offense anyways. This was one fine season.
* Euro Captain wins: Nikolas Lidstrom was able to create a huge dent in the preposterous notion that a Euro captained team can't win the cup. And you'll have a hard time finding a player as classy and well-respected as Lidstrom (outside Sakic). Don Cherry tried (and turth be told probably succeeded) in keeping the debate alive by saying (paraphrase): The first Euro came over in '78 so it's been one captain in 30 years to win the cup. Of course the Euro's weren't regularly named captains of a team until after Mats Sundin was named captain.. in 1997. (Yes there were some scattered throughout the 80's and 90's, but nothing regularly until recently). So it's more like 10 seasons of regular euro captaincy.
I digress, hopefully this is the first step in ending that ridiculous debate.
Another great season in the books.. Free Agency begins soon.
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