Posted by qbert1387 on May 8th, 2012
Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! No, no, calm down, we’re not there yet. The 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs is heating right now the the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings have already punched their tickets to the Western Conference Final, the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs. The New Jersey Devils are on the brink of eliminating the high octane offense of the Philadelphia Flyers, as they lead that series 3 games to 1. With a substantial lead in the series, and Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux suspended for game 5, the Devils need just 1 more win to move on to the next round. New York City went from lowering their collective heads in shame and humiliation to absolute eruption and pandemonium in a matter of seconds. The Rangers were 6 seconds away from heading to Washington down 3-2, but “Broadway” Brad Richards saved the day tying game 5 with 6.6 left (followed by Marc Staal winning in OT). Instead, Ovechkin and the Caps are facing elimination in front of their home crowd for game 6.
How incredible would it be to see the #1 New York Rangers against the #6 New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Final? Answer…this is my nightmare. The one team I wanted absolutely no part of seeing in the playoffs was the Devils. How could you say that with teams like the Penguins, Flyers, and Bruins in there? You heard me right. There is nobody I hate more than Patrick Elias, except for maybe Martin Brodeur, or Ilya Kovalchuck. The Devils have been getting consistent goal scoring in the playoffs, while Brodeur looks like the Brodeur of years ago, even though he was barely the second best goalie on the team during the season. A chance to see this rivalry; a tale of these to cities in an Eastern Conference battle of supremacy this year would actually be incredible, but I won’t be excited, more like having heart attacks every second of the day. Each team needs just 1 more win, just 1 more win, and this nightmare becomes reality.