Playoffs are here, finally. Some tidbits:
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-Sean Avery's creative screening of Martin Brodeur certainly crossed some kind of line. I heard Ron MacLean call it "dishonorable" on HNIC, but that would assume Avery had any honorable traits in the first place.
-As the experts stand stunned at the Stars two games to none lead, remember that Anaheim was an inconsistent team all year, and had issues scoring goals. Dallas is a good all around team with very good goaltending.
-The Colorado-Minnesota series has been fantastic. Peter Forsberg's foot might not be 100%, but he's playing like a man possessed.
-The Flyers have arguably been the better team in their series against Washington for 5 of the 6 periods played. Still, the Flyers get scant credit. I keep hearing Alexander Ovechkin get knocked for having a bad game-maybe the Flyers just did a good job containing him...
-The officiation has been brutal in most of the playoff games I have seen. Last night Zach Parise got cross checked in the side of the face, and no call was made. Actually, a call was made, but it wasn't a penalty. It was blown dead for the Rangers' player playing the puck with a high stick. How the ref noticed that, and missed the blatant cross check to the side of the head, is really beyond me.
-Ron Wilson might want to update his resume
-Big kudos to Calgary last night for erasing the 3-0 lead of the Sharks.
-Why does NBC give us, during the playoffs, the worst possible combination of analysts for the intermission reports? Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury shouldn't be allowed to be within 500 yards of each other when either is on camera.
-When a major complaint of novice or non fans of hockey is trouble following the puck, why does the NHL paint a huge, distracting "Stanley Cup Playoffs" logo on the middle of the friggin' ice? Guys, you want to grow the sport in the US, right? Well stop distracting the easily distracted football fans!!
-Another reffing note: the grading system is obviously not working when a guy like Dave Jackson is working playoff games.
-Flyers forward Patrick Thoresen was believed to have ruptured a testicle in game one of the Flyers-Caps series. He might be back for game three. If he does return that soon, he didn't need two balls.
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