First of all if you know me you know that I love hockey. Not many people in the black community follow hockey the way I do but hey I am not your average Joe... (no pun intended). The New York Rangers were my first love as a hockey fan but since I live in North Carolina they were almost impossible to follow in the Time Warner Cable era. So naturally I gravitated to the home team and became an official Caniac.
The following of the Canes happened gradually as Peter Laviolette and I played in Larry Littles Hall of Fame Golf tournament in the same group one year. He amazed me as he talked strategy in sports and how similar hockey and football are in building character and making fast decisions. So naturally I became a fan of the Canes and Coach Laviolette.
This year hockey has yet to disappoint. Of course Coach Laviolette is no longer with the Canes, and the Canes decided to take a year off from participating in real hockey so I am watching these playoffs and thinking to myself is this the best hockey playoff season yet?
Seriously every game has been epic. It seems that every game has been decided by an overtime or a last minute goal. The action is fierce and the fights have been pretty darn good. Some of them have even been more action than some of the pay per views that I've ordered recently.
It's almost hard to predict who will win and who will be the hero in most games. The stars are playing well but it seems as if a different hero emerges from every game that has been played. Attacks on stars and fierce goal tending has every match looking like it might come down to one or two well executed plays that will determine who will advance and who will go fishing.
Right now the young Philadelphia Flyers led by Peter Laviolette appear to be a little wreckless but they kind of remind me of the Bad Boy Pistons in Detroit. They play without fear and they are pushing around the stars of the league and taking every play and turning it into brute force. They aren't giving up easy goals and when their "enforcers" come in to their line, they are perfoming as well as any intimidators in the history of the league.
If they can cut down on the penalties, they are young, fast, and physical enough to hoist the cup. But honestly I can't call it. I'm just glad the action is so good.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!