I almost feel obligated to root for the Lightning because of the Steve Yzerman connection ... almost, ... but yeah, I'll probably watch a few minutes here/there and then tune in for the finale ... hockey in June (when it's not your team) still seems kinda' odd to me, even after all these years, .
I feel about the same, going way back to when they added the 4th round, and took away back-to-back games.
Kent- you're old like me- do you remember when icing wasn't allowed on power plays? I started watching hockey in the early 70's, but it was minor league, so I don't know if it was just a NAHL rule.
And, yes, the team I followed was the Johnstown Jets, of Slap Shot fame.
Oh yeah, and the old two-line pass infraction ... I remember a few rules like that, that have changed.
"Slapshot" ... great movie! I guess the Hanson brothers were actually the Carlson brothers in real life, .
Bolts beat Blackhawks in Game 2 after 20-year-old rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy replaces starter Ben Bishop
TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning had beaten the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3. They had tied the Stanley Cup Final, 1-1. But goaltender Ben Bishop had left the game twice in the third period and was unavailable to reporters because he was receiving “treatment,” according to a team spokesman. So out walked Andrei Vasilevskiy, a well-regarded prospect but a 20-year-old kid.
Vasilevskiy was a relative footnote Saturday night amid the speed and skill and scoring chances and lead changes and controversy. He appeared in only his 19th NHL game, appeared in only his third NHL playoff game and played only nine minutes and 13 seconds – 1:32 after Bishop left the first time and the final 7:41 after Bishop left again. He became the answer to a trivia question as the first goaltender since 1928 to earn his first NHL playoff win in relief in the Cup final.
But the spotlight shines on him now, even if the Bolts try to shelter him ... read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/tampa-b...53065-nhl.html
I am now full on cheering for Chi after reading about how Tampa is handling out of town ticket requests.
What a bunch of d***wads.