Not even a half hour after the Devils eliminated the Lightning, I got a call from my old college roommate, Pete Sullivan, a Buffalo native who spent far too much time at UNH extolling the virtues of his beloved city.
Whenever I’ve ever ventured into Western New York in the past, it’s always been a relatively quick in-and-out. But now I’ll be there for at least four days, and I could already hear in Sully’s voice that this may be his chance to finally win me over — as if he’s been commissioned by the city’s chamber of commerce.
For the record, there’s nothing official about the series schedule. The speculation is that Games 1 and 2 will be Wednesday and Friday, but that’s not coming from the NHL or the Rangers, but from Sully, who played golf with a guy today who knows a guy who apparently heard as much. Or something like that.
Let’s just say I’ll let you know when I have something a little more concrete.
*UPDATE: NBC is grabbing “Game 2 on Saturday”:http://www.nbcsports.com/nhl/1303794/detail.html. So assuming the games are every other day, that would put Game 1 on Thursday. I’ll confirm that later if that’s the case.*
I should add, by the way, that my mother’s side of the family is from Buffalo as well. The difference is they had the good sense to leave…