Crosby vs. Ovechkin will definitely be the marquee match up in the playoffs and it is really living up to the hype so far. Pittsburgh won a tight game last night and showed that they are not afraid of the best team in the regular season.
Tampa and New York are the underdogs in a sense. Tampa's roster is injured and teams from warmer climates don't typically get as much as much coverage as others do. New York hadn't advanced in the playoffs in a long time and it's great to see them finally back. Both teams have great stories and I want them to do the best and make us all proud.
When the best offense meets one of the best all-around teams... The game is going on as we speak and St. Louis dominated the first period but Dallas scored a goal in the third! Now there's a one goal lead! This series can go back and forth because both teams know each other very well from the regular season but the playoffs bring out new sides to teams.
Speaking of bringing out new sides, has anyone been watching San Jose?! They finished last in the worst division but they proved to be a defensive and offensive threat. They have great defense that can score and that's terrifying to other teams. But, no so fast, because Nashville is extremely physical and gets under everyone's skin to bring out the worst in the very best of teams. They most definitely up for the challenge and this will be a very physical and entertaining match up.
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!