This year the NHL playoffs have been nothing short of spectacular. Each game has provided incredible excitement, as approximately 50 percent of the games played so far have gone into overtime. This is a truly remarkable statistic! Some of the games have been stopped numerous times due to fights, and other physical plays, while other games have had an incredible blend of skill and determination. Yet, ESPN, and sports fans everywhere have nearly failed to even mention that the playoffs are going on. Instead, we are forced to hear more about the Tim Tebow saga, and the over talked about bounty scandal in New Orleans.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been putting on an absolute show against the stanley cup champion favorites, The Pittsburgh Penguins. In the first game of the series the Penguins took an early 3-0 lead. The Flyers showed incredible determination, and ended up coming back and winning this game in overtime. The following game, the Penguins took a 2-0 lead to start the game, but once again the Flyers fought back and ended up winning. In this game, there were numerous records set, including two separate hat-tricks by Flyers players (Claude Giroux & Sean Couturier). To go along with the hat-trick Giroux set a playoff record, by recording 3 assists giving him 6 overall points. While that is remarkable, Couturier's story might even be better. Couturier is one of the youngest players in the NHL, as he just turned 20 years old. That means he is younger than most kids in this class! If you can't appreciate that, than I give up.
If scoring does not do it for you, then you should tune into the New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators or Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals series. Both of these series have been filled with physical play that has warranted numerous ejections and even suspensions. If you are interested in the fighting aspect of the NHL, click on the link below to see how the Rangers game started yesterday.
Overall, I am asking for sports fans to give the NHL a chance. If you were to sit down for one whole game of the playoffs, I promise you that you will not be disappointed. Unlike the NBA, the NHL players actually try their hardest out their, and are willing to put their body on the line in order to increase their teams chance of winning. So please everyone, get rid of your notion that the NHL is a regional sport. Sit down, and watch one of these games, and I promise you, you will not regret it.