NHL Playoffs – Vegas Versus Washington
Just A Quick Commentary About The NHL Playoffs Starting Later Tonight Between The Washington Capitals And The Las Vegas Knights.
I don’t really watch all that much hockey any more. If you’ve read any of my blogs you’ll know that a big part of my life has revolved around hockey. I worked with a fair number of NHL players and I’ll follow their games and I’ll watch the “Mem” Cup because of the great hockey being played; but other that the way hockey was being played had turned me off. Having said that, I’ve actually become interested again. The play of the game has changed to where it’s actually compelling to watch and keeps your interest. The Leafs look like they’ve made forward progress and this Stanley Cup final this year is one hell-of-story.
I don’t have any skin in the game one way or the other and I have no particular preference as to the outcome, but I’m actually exited and the game tonight and all the way to the finish is a “must watch” event.
Ovechkin for Washington has been a been a determined beast of player but can he keep it up? Fleury for Las Vegas has been a rock but can he keep it up?
I Just Wonder
I had a conversation with some friends quite some time ago about the unexpected first year expansion franchise success of Las Vegas. No expansion team in the history of the NHL has experienced this kind of success. Most wallow at the bottom for a number of years before achieving any success. Now the NHL with salary caps and such has undergone some changes, but LA’s success is historically unprecedented.
I mused about this entire situation and speculated on the following scene being played out.
All of the guys drafted by the Knights get together over a beer and someone says something like the following;
“Guys we’ve all essentially been cast aside by our teams and they have made the decision that we are expendable and likely of marginal value going forward. We can all sit here and cry in our beer or we can show them otherwise and stick it up their collective asses”.
Never underestimate a team that will set their individual egos aside, commit to accept their necessary role toward the achievement of a common goal and commit to give it their absolute unselfish dedication and maximum effort.
I Just Wonder
I promise I’ll get back to my usual blogs about hockey soon ….. I just couldn’t resist.
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